Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Standout Chocolate - Nordic Nature Spruce Shoots 66% (bar) - Oct. 19, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Standout Chocolate
Nordic Nature Spruce Shoots 66% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 144.5 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Botanicals Theme Week. 

Today's Organic and vegan Nordic Nature Spruce Shoots 66% (bar) was handcrafted by chocolate maker Fredrik Martinsson and team at Standout Chocolate (Kallered, Sweden).

Aroma and flavor notes included tart sweet green and citrus as well as very faint evergreen forest notes.

The cacao used to make this bar was grown in the Dominican Republic and it provided dark rich flavor (Forastero-Trinitario hybrid cacao variety perhaps?) with one faint, fleeting flicker of earth. The sugar, chocolate and spruce together created a nicely-balanced red berry-citrus like sweetness.

I highly recommend this unique and tasty spruce tip flavored bar for chocolate lovers who also enjoy botanicals and edible plants. No surprise--coming from an area where evergreens are enjoyed and appreciated--the spruce flavor in this chocolate was particularly wonderful.*

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic spruce shoots.

Allergen-related information: May contain milk.

*Native Americans also used edible Spruce tips (as well as spruce "gum" (resin) and occasionally inner bark) for medicinal purposes. And European explorers learned to stave off scurvy with these Vitamin C rich botanicals. Occasionally I am able to find Douglas Fir and/or spruce tree tip teas; but they're a rare commercial find in the U.S.

Siddha Chocolate - Cool Calm 65% Cacao + Coconut Crunch - Oct. 18, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Siddha Chocolate
Cool Calm 65% Cacao + Coconut Crunch
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in total package
Calories: 240 calories in 1 package
Cost: $4.00 (sale) for 1 package
Purchased from: Safeway, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Botanicals Theme Week.

Today's Siddha Chocolate Cool Calm 65% Cacao + Coconut Crunch (bar) was from Siddha Remedies (Oxnard, CA). The company offers a range of flower essences, botanically-linked products and a line of chocolates.

Aroma notes for this organic, vegan and keto-friendly bar included: hushed, sweet cocoa and very faint floral and sweet green, and even fainter coconut.

The sweetness (organic coconut sugar) in this 65% cacao chocolate was pleasant and not too sweet. It was balanced by smooth cocoa, and very faint sweet herb and floral notes.

The Siddha Remedies tagline read: "elevate your nature." The use of tailored remedies in this chocolate to achieve this goal included: "10 calming herbs (and) 3 flower essences" along with 7 g. of fiber and 2 g. of coconut sugar. (For details, see Ingredient listed below.)

Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, organic cacao butter, organic coconut sugar, organic dried coconut, organic VitaFiber(tm) (IMO; prebiotic fiber), organic erythritol, organic yacon, organic sunflower lecithin, passion flower, zizyphus seed, albizia bark, L-theanine, lemon balm leaf, shilajit, organic vanilla, organic lemon peel, chamomile flower, pink salt, hops flower, valerian root, kava root, bloodroot flower essence, buttercup flower essence, coffee flower essence

Allergen-related information: (No specific allergy information listed. "...Low sugar, high fiber, stevia free, vegan, 96% organic ingredients")
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