Saturday, August 13, 2022
Unreal - Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar - Aug. 13, 2022
Chocolate(s) of the Day
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar
Weight: 1.3 oz. (37 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.69 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week.
Today's Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar was from Unreal Brands Inc. (Boston, MA).
The company offers updated/healthier versions of chocolate covered candy bars, generally with a much shorter list of ingredients. (Today's certified gluten free and vegan bar listed three ingredients: organic coconut, organic cassava syrup and dark chocolate (later spelled out as dark chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla).)
Aroma notes from this filled bar included: chocolate (dark chocolate ganache (truffle filling)) and sweet coconut.
The dark chocolate provided a smooth, velvety coating, that contrasted with the chewy, lightly moistened, sweet shredded coconut. These coconut shreds continued to supply an authentic, textural chew that lasted into the finish after the chocolate had melted away.
As expected, the flavor was a blend of dark chocolate and coconut, with one complementing the other. Yes, it was sweet, but not quite as sugary or syrupy sweet as candy bars from the late 1900s. The flavors were balanced and uniform, with very faint, fleeting tropical fruit and nut notes, and a warm blanket of vanilla.
Adults wanting a healthier confection for their families, or wanting to take a trip down candy bar memory lane themselves--without all the preservatives, additives, or "natural flavors"--will appreciate this bar. The fact that some of the ingredients were fair trade was an added plus.
Ingredients: Organic coconut, organic cassava syrup, dark chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla
Allergen-related information: "Contains coconut. Made in a facility that handles peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, wheat and milk. Made on equipment that processes milk chocolate. Please visit getunreal.com to read our allergen information." (Certified vegan, Certified gluten free; no soy ingredients.)