Not all of my job is sunshine and rainbows…even though it might taste that way sometimes. In two previous posts on raw chocolate, we reviewed Fine and Raw from Brooklyn and Rightously Raw hailing from California. Both failed the taste test horribly. So why am I trying to eat more of these raw chocolate bars? This is part of the job, folks. The good comes with the bad. Hopefully this will turn out better than the last tastings.
Today we are trying two raw chocolate bars. The first raw chocolate bar is called Tonic Scene, which comes to us from California. It is an organic 70% bar, gluten free, vegan and raw. Here are the ingredients straight off the packaging: the finest 100% raw and organic cacao (cacao butter, cacao powder) & agave nectar.
It is a shiny, deep, dark brown…like the color of whole French Roast coffee beans. I broke off a piece and when I gazed at the inside tiny flecks sparkled back. The texture is soft and creamy, melting very quickly. First taste didn’t make me wince or gag, but it was also nothing to get excited about. Second taste gave notes of sweet charcoal and left a strange aftertaste that lingered on the palate.
The second raw chocolate bar is called The One and touts itself as “The only chocolate bar you’ll ever need.” Doubt that, but I’ll keep my mind open. It is also organic/vegan/raw and is made in the USA. The ingredients (off the package): Cacao butter, cacao powder, maca, mesquite, agave, coconut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, crystal salt…made with all certified organic ingredients.
The rectangular chocolate has a dull, grainy appearance and is stamped with a pretty scroll pattern on top. The color reminds me of hot chocolate. It feels oily to the touch and breaks easily with a soft touch. Mouthfeel is chewy and gritty. It gives you the sensation that you are starting to chew a piece of gum, which then deteriorates. I can taste the cinnamon and mesquite, which linger for a bit.
Final verdict? No thanks. The taste and texture of these two raw bars still is nowhere near the fantastic realm of the chocolate at Drexelius Chocolates. Casa don Puglisi. Claudio Corallo. Rogue Chocolatier. Check out the awesome chocolate selection at Drexelius Chocolates and buy some today!
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