Chocolate of the Day
Ultra Dark Chocolate Caramelized Coconut Mylk (bar)
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Ultra Dark Chocolate Caramelized Coconut Mylk (bar) was distributed by Endorfin Foods (San Francisco, CA).
The Bay Area-based company offers a line of attractively packaged chocolates, including (non-dairy) coconut mylk bars, along with a bit of what they refer to as "plant-based chocolate alchemy."*
The aroma of this bar included dark roast cacao beans melded with aromatic green (clean green tea, faint green floral), caramel and coconut, as well as a faint nutty note (faint sweet peanut butter + light roasted coconut). Note: there were no peanut ingredients in this bar.
The chocolate had a thick, rich, creamy melt--a melt that picked up speed once in the mouth--and a very light granular mouthfeel at the end.
This 90% cacao bar was not sweet (Thank you!...It might even make a good vegan baking chocolate.) It had a smooth, ultra-dark, roasted chocolate flavor with a very balanced, light bitterness that harmonized well with the 10% naturally sweet, warm aromatic flavor from the caramelized coconut and coconut sugar.
The organic and fair trade cacao used to make this bar was from Ecuador.
Ingredients: Organic Cacao, Organic coconut sugar, Organic caramelized coconut, Organic cacao butter. (All ingredients were also marked Fair Trade Certified; "99% Fair Trade Ingredients.")
Allergen-related information: "No dairy, no soy, no refined sugar, no gluten, no GMO, no sugar alcohols."
*For those fond of botanical flavor inclusions in chocolate, Endorfin offered one of the first absinthe bars (with anise, fennel and mugwort). They offer bars infused with spices and flowers (turmeric, cardamon, rose). And, they also offered (on their website) a line of single origin, unsweetened "ceremonial quality" drinking chocolates (including one from Cayapas River, Ecuador).