Thursday, April 4, 2019

Elements Truffles - Ecuadorian Dark infused with Turmeric - Apr. 4, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Elements Truffles
Ecuadorian Dark infused with Turmeric (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in total bar
Calories: 130 calories in bar
Cost: $3.39 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Spices Theme Week.

Today's Ecuadorian Dark infused with Turmeric (bar) was created by Elements Truffles (Kearny, NJ).

The dark square bar had a rich chocolate aroma with a faint hint of coconut, and a creamy, rapid melt. This 85% five-ingredient* offering was sweetened with a touch of honey rather than cane or beet sugar, so it was not too sweet (thank you).

While the golden color of the turmeric** root powder inclusion was not visible, the ultra-dark (85% cacao) chocolate had a warm, slightly bitter flavor from this spice.

Fair trade organic cacao used to make this chocolate was from Ecuador. And cocoa nibs on the back side of the bar added a light soft crunchy texture and concentrated cacao flavor in the finish.

And, like other Elements Truffles bars, it left me feeling somewhat calmer than usual. The lack of an immediate sugar buzz may be one explanation. (Reading about company founder Alak Vasa's interest in Ayurveda and her team listening to vedic chants while they make chocolates at Elements Truffles—and that 25 percent of profits go towards educating underprivileged children—may be another.)

*Ingredients: Organic raw cacao butter, raw honey, organic raw cacao powder, organic turmeric root powder, sea salt.

**Turmeric is a golden yellow spice and medicinal herb made from the orange-yellow tuberous root of the Turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant, and is commonly found in Indian/Asian cooking. It gives curry and other dishes a bright yellow color.

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