Saturday, July 3, 2021

Chocolita - Blueberry Bliss Raw Dark Chocolate 56% Cacao (bar) - July 3, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Blueberry Bliss Raw Dark Chocolate 56% Cacao (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) in total bar
Calories: 230 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $4.59 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate, Fruits and Flowers Theme Week. We're gearing up for 4th of July weekend celebration in California. And this week I'll be featuring chocolates with red, white and/or blue items (like blueberries) as well.

Today's Blueberry Bliss Dark Chocolate 56% Cacao (bar) was from Chocolita (Sedona, AZ).

The aroma of this chocolate had mild dark chocolate, light fruit (dark berry), faint green and botanical notes. The texture was smooth and the chocolate was uniform and satisfying.

The word that kept coming up for me for this bar was "balanced." All the (organic) inclusions (blueberry powder, lucuma, hops, passion flower, vanilla) were fully incorporated were tasted and felt nicely balanced. 

This chocolate was relatively relaxing, with less of a sugar buzz or cocoa lift than many other chocolates have. And even at only 56% cocoa, it was not too sweet. (Thank you!) This might be a good choice for a late afternoon, or early evening treat, if you're worried about chocolate keeping you up at night.*

Ingredients: Organic cacao paste, organic cacao butter, organic coconut sugar, organic lucuma powder, organic blueberry powder, organic hops, organic passion flower, organic vanilla.

Allergen-related information: "Contains coconut. Made in a facility that processes tree nuts." 

*I eat my daily chocolate in the morning, and generally refrain from eating chocolate after 3 or 4 p.m. in the afternoon. After almost 15 years of eating chocolate every day, my body is accustomed to cacao. However, stimulants like theobromine and caffeine (both found in chocolate), can affect us for several hours.

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