Friday, March 30, 2018

Dagoba - Organic Lavender Blueberry Cacao Gems - March 30, 2018

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Dagoba Organic Chocolate
Organic Lavender Blueberry Cacao Gems - Good
Organic Picante Chocolate Cacao Gems - Good +
Weight: .706 oz. (20 g.) / 4.2 oz. (119 g.) in total package of  pieces/3 flavors
Calories: 100 calories in 2-piece serving
Cost: $2.99 (estimate) for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.

What chocolate will be in your Easter basket this Sunday? How about today's Organic Lavender Blueberry or Picante Chocolate Cacao Gems, from Dagoba Organic Chocolate* (Ashland, OR)? 

Today's three-flavor variety pack included Picante Chocolate, Lavender Blueberry, and Ginger Lime chocolates. We're featuring the first two of these three individually-wrapped chocolates.

Made with Rainforest Alliance Certified Cacao, these chocolates were linked with "The One for All Cacao Project: Inspired Chocolate Empowering Women." Dagoba established this project in 2016; and the goal of this program is to "strengthen cacao communities by advancing the role of women in cacao production worldwide," a laudable goal.

The Organic Picante Chocolate cacao gem may have been "74% extra dark," but the facet-cut dark chocolate (adorned with an image of a cacao pod) tasted very sweet. The smooth, dark chocolate had a slight, soft crunch from a cacao nib or two, and hot chili kick that you could feel as you swallowed a bite, but it wasn't overwhelming.

As one might expect, the Organic Lavender Blueberry Cacao Gem had more of an aroma—lavender and blueberry. And, though it was only 59% cacao, this gem seemed to have about the same level of sweetness as the Picante Chocolate Cacao Gem. (It also contained milk.)

*Dagoba Organic Chocolate is a division of the Artisans Confection Company—which is owned by The Hershey Company.

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