Saturday, May 11, 2024

Gnosis Chocolate - Elderberry Dark Velvet Bar - May 11, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Gnosis Chocolate
Elderberry Dark Velvet (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g.) / 3 oz. (84 g.) in total bar
Calories: 232 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $20.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Gnosis Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Dates Theme Week, featuring date-containing and date-sweetened chocolates.

Today's Elderberry Dark Velvet (bar) was created by Gnosis Chocolate (Astoria, NY).

Described as a Botanical Truffle Style Bar, the aroma notes for this thick, filled chocolate included: dark chocolate and fruit (ripe dark berry, date).

Texture: dark chocolate couverture surrounded a softer, fruitier filling. The chocolate had a very faint graininess (from added mushrooms/date perhaps?).

Flavor notes included: rich, sweet, fruity dark chocolate; dark, sweet berry (elderberry) and date; and a very, very faint smoky/umami earth (mushroom-like flavor) in the finish.

The overall dark chocolate and berry/date flavors were authentic and the bar had a natural berry and date fruit sweetness--that was balanced by well-executed, smooth, flavorful, (raw) dark chocolate. I also liked the lack of a sugar buzz (blood sugar spike) after eating this.

Ingredients: raw cacao beans*, elderberries*, medjool dates*, yacon syrup*, virgin coconut oil*, coconut sugar*, Paul Stamets Mycommunity Immunity Mushroom Blend (chaga, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, royal sun blazei, enokitake, mesima, lion's mane, turkey tails, oyster, artist's conk, oregon ganaderma, agarikon, amadou, shiitake, birch polypore, split gill polypore). * = organic

Allergen-related information: Contains coconut (oil, sugar). (No allergen information listed on package.)


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