Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Chamisa Chocolate - oat milk chai spice 61% bar - Sept. 3, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chamisa Chocolate
oat milk chai spice 61% cacao bar
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: 1 oz. (30 g.) / 2 oz. (60 g.) (per label) for total bar
Calories: 152 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chamisa Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #4 of Chamisa Chocolate Theme Week.

Today's oat milk chai spice 61% cacao bar from Chamisa Chocolate (Santa Fe, NM) was made with cacao grown in Tumaco, Colombia.

I enjoyed the flavors in this bar very much. Fond childhood memories about making ginger molasses cookies with my mother and sipping chai tea surely created a positive bias when tasting today's chocolate with warming chai spices.

However, I was also intrigued with the maker's comments (see her note below) about the sweetness of this (and another) bar featured this week due to dairy milk alternatives that were included.* (Maker, Amanda Hatherly, shares our taste preference for less sugar sweetness in dark chocolate.)

Amanda wrote: "...even though the 61% (bars) seem a lot sweeter, they...have the same sugar content as the darker 71% bars...as that extra 10% is the coconut or oat "milk." They taste a lot sweeter...because of that."

*Yes, there was sugar in today's bar, but it was further down the list than one might expect. Ingredients: "Organic: cacao beans, GF oats, tiger nuts, cacao butter, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt."


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