Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lakanto Sugar Free 55% Cacao Chocolate bar - Jan. 19, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetened
Sugar Free 55% Cacao Chocolate bar
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g. ) in total bar
Calories: 87 calories (per label) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $5.95 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Alternative Sweetener Week.

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener (distributed by Saraya Canada Co. LTD, Vancouver, BC) is a blend of monk fruit extract and erythritol (sugar alcohol).

Monk fruit (Luohan Guo) is a small green melon containing a natural sweetener that seems to block bitter and sour flavors. For example, after consuming monk fruit, a lemon will taste quite sweet for several minutes.

Sweetening chocolate with monk fruit acts as both a sugar replacement and a gentle counteracting force to any bitter or sour flavors.

This Lakanto bar, made with 55% Arriba Nacional Cacao beans from Ecuador, had a sweet fruity, cocoa aroma, and a mild sweet dark chocolate flavor. The melt and texture were fairly smooth.

It reminded me of the first time I tried fresh monk fruit, and then drank coffee afterwards. Smoothest, sweetest coffee I remember tasting. Somewhere in my brain I could tell that there was some sweet veil, but it's hard to detect what's really happening unless you really pay attention.

As with any food or chocolate containing a sweetener or substance that you're not used to, try a little bit first before over-indulging.

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