Chocolate of the Day
Not Your Sugar Mamas - NYSM
Almond Crunch Organic Dark Chocolate 75% raw cacao bar
Weight: 2.2 oz. (62 g.) in total bar
Calories: 380 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $7.59 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.
Today's Pure and Simple Organic Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Not Your Sugar Mama's (NYSM) (Vineyard Haven, MA).
The company produces chocolates made with less processed ingredients (e.g. raw cacao, less processed sugars/no refined sugar, no emulsifiers). Founder, chef, mother and food entrepreneur, Kyleen Keenan (see also eathappyist.com), is currently focused on plant-based chocolates and cheeses.
Today's organic Almond Crunch bar made with raw cacao had a quiet, natural taste. It was more mild, less wild than most other 75% dark chocolate bars.
Aroma notes included a hint of warm sugar (maple), sweet and clean dark chocolate, gentle fruit (very faint ripe, mild red plum), implied warm spice (not quite cinnamon, probably from the maple), and faint coconut and light green and nut notes.
This Almond Crunch chocolate had a smooth, almost creamy texture with a progressively, slightly rapid melt--while still maintaining a well-tempered, firmness. The almonds and coconut pieces added crunchy and chewy texture and mild (unroasted) flavors.
The raw cacao base offered even, very mild dark chocolate flavor with hot chocolate, very faint, fleeting earth notes and a clean finish. A barely there lemon/tart green herb (sorrel, oxalis, sour grass) note detected in the aroma was all but gone but for a very faint flicker of green (fruit) astringency.
Maple sugar contributed a natural sweetness--and some of the subtle aroma notes mentioned above. And the overall taste wasn't too sweet. (Thank you. I do not miss the sugar buzz.)
A very faint trace of Himalayan sea salt (I didn't even taste it) balanced out the sweet with a barely detectable touch of savory.
Ingredients: Organic raw cacao, organic maple sugar, Himalayan sea salt, organic vanilla bean.
Allergen-related information: "Vegan + Paleo;" No soy, gluten or dairy; and "Processed in a facility that uses tree nuts: almonds and cashews."
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