Chocolate of the Day
Organic "Born Fruity" (filled bar)
Weight: .83 oz. (23 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total package of 3 bars
Calories: 120 calories in 1 small bar
Cost: $ N/A - sample from TCHO (from a factory tour; thank you Toni, Alana, Brad)
Purchased from: N/A - sample from TCHO
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week, featuring chocolates with fruit inclusions as well as chocolate(s) with naturally occurring fruit flavors.
Today's Organic "Born Fruity" bar was created by TCHO Ventures Inc. (Berkeley, CA), using fair trade certified cacao from Peru.
This package of three filled bars was part of a line of new "fair and square" bars with new packaging. Each square package that once housed 1 larger square bar, is now occupied by three, individually wrapped, rectangular bars. The bars are made with, you guessed it, fair trade certified cacao.
The aroma and flavor of this bold, dense dark chocolate (72% cacao external shell) had a slight earthiness, that gave it a slightly darker taste.
The inside filling (just a little softer than the outer dark shell) was, by contrast, slightly sweeter, brighter, fruitier (sweet red berry, hibiscus), and a bit "juicier"-- with a very faint hint of coconut.
I liked the subtle flavor shifts, and not having an ultra-sweet filling (or shell). These qualities may even cue people to slow down and consume this chocolate more mindfully.
I enjoyed the layered flavors, that mirrored natural cacao notes, and the balanced hint of fruit acidity amidst deep cocoa taste. It was one of my favorite TCHO filled bars from the company's new, re-engineered, organic, all plant-based family.
Maker's tasting notes: "From Peru. The birthplace of cacao. Deep fruit notes; sweet and crisp finish."
Ingredients: Organic and fair trade certified cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic and fair trade certified cacao butter, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower lecithin.
Allergen-related information: "May contain soy, milk, and other tree nuts."