Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Vosges - Raw Almond Butter 80% Cacao (bar) - Feb. 14, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Raw Almond Butter (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Vosges, online order 

Happy Valentines Day to all who celebrate this holiday. And welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.

Today's Raw Almond Butter (bar) was from Vosges IP, LLC (Chicago, IL). This 80% cacao chocolate was part of the company's LAB VHC collection of bars that contain "whole cacao" constituents including: "cacao berry (cacao berry fiber, cacao berry flour) and cacao fruit puree."

Aroma notes for this bar included: both deep, dark dense, roasted chocolate, as well as a simultaneous aroma of sweeter, more nuanced chocolate (with faint fruit and sweet nut notes), and a barely there hint of vanilla. 

The ebony-hued chocolate had both smooth and crunchy, integrated particulate elements. There were also occasional light-colored flecks of what could have been either lucuma or almond.

The balanced flavors mirrored the aroma notes mentioned above. Subtle, crunchy sparkles of flavor fruit, berry, nut (almond) and vanilla contributed lightness and flavor depth to a deeper, flatter cacao base--a tamed Forastero-like cacao variety that had been roasted and alkalized (to bring down acidity, harshness) but still had bold, roasted flavor.

I enjoyed the playful fine-grained blend of flavors and textures, and the choice to go light on the sweeteners (judicious amounts of coconut sugar, lucuma, cacao fruit), and a trace of salt.

Ingredients: Cocoa butter, unsweetened chocolate (processed with alkali), coconut sugar, organic almond butter, vanilla bean, lucuma powder, Baja Gold salt, cacao berry (cacao berry fiber, cacao berry flour), cacao fruit puree. 

Allergen-related information: "Contains: Almonds, coconut." "Processed on equipment that also processes milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts."

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