Cranberry Orange bar
Good - Good+
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $2.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods Market, Los Altos, CA
Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Orange Series.
Today's item was a festive Cranberry Orange bar, from Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA) that was bought at the tail-end of the Christmas holidays. Its seasonal sparkle brought cheer into a dark, rainy day.
This 55% dark chocolate bar had an appealing balance of tart, fruity (freeze-dried cranberries, orange oil) flavor and slightly chewy texture.
Most dark chocolates below 70% cacao solids tend to taste too sweet to me. but the tart cranberries helped balance the sweetness.
The base chocolate was made with USDA Organic, Fair for Life and Non-GMO Project Certified cacao. In fact, all of the ingredients in this bar were organic, and 98% were fair trade certified.
Theo Chocolate was an early proponent, and adopter, of ingredients that were compliant with organic and fair trade standards—particularly for items obtained from outside the U.S. where labor and environmental standards may be more variable.
While the case can be made that individual farmers in some countries find it tough to pay for annual certifications, co-ops (or situations where costs might be shared) seem to be able to supply much of the demand for certified ingredients.