Tuesday, June 27, 2023

K+M Chocolate - Supplant - Orange Dark Chocolate 70% Venezuela (bar) - June 27, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

K+M Chocolate + Supplant
Orange Dark Chocolate 70% Venezuela (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.05 oz. (30 g.) / 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

Today's Orange Dark Chocolate 70% Venezuela (bar) was made by Keller + Manni Chocolate (Napa, CA), with Supplant*, a sweetener (from Supplant, Inc.) described as sugars from upcycled plant fibers in a process that "uses more of the harvest").

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate, sweet orange extract (orange soda), faint saline (although there was no salt), and very faint roasted coffee + cacao.

Made with Venezuelan cacao, this 70% dark chocolate had a creamy initial melt and texture.

It had approachable flavors; it was not too bitter or acidic. The smooth dark chocolate texture and flavor were uniform and balanced. 

There was very faint (barely detectable) chalkiness/dryness toward the finish, but it was buffered by cocoa butter and other ingredients and not objectionable. 

And, last but not least, this bar was not too sweet (thank you).

Ingredients: Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Sugars from Fiber (Oligosaccharides, Cellulose), Coconut Sugar, Sunflower Lecithin, Orange Extract. 

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and soy."

*This bar was made in Napa at K+M Chocolate for Supplant Inc., Irvine, CA. Supplant is hoping their offering is better for people (fewer calories, prebiotic, fiber, lower glycemic response) and the planet (made from upcycled plant fiber, prevents waste).

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