As many of you may have gleaned already, I have been nibbling away at rather vast quantities of rather a lot of different chocolates. More often than not, I have been delighted by deliciousness, richness, interestingness and, as a corollary, happiness. Yet even such a dedicated chocolate taster as yours truly cannot escape the occasional moments of disappointment, the majority of which occur when an hypothesised-as-delectable treat is found to be, well, not delectable. The following two items comprise such let-downs, although this is not to say that the chocolates described would not appeal to another’s tastes.
365 Everyday Value Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate Bar with Coconut Flakes
Whole Foods’ own-brand “365 Everyday Value Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate Bar with Coconut Flakes” has led me to question whether there may be an inverse relationship between the wordiness of a chocolate’s name and its quality. My unenthused response to this bar may, however, have more to do with personal taste than the chocolate maker’s skill. Coconut is by far not a favourite flavour of mine, so combining it with an incredibly sweet 54% chocolate is unlikely to constitute a win in my book. It tastes exactly like a Golden Rough, so if you like sweetness, milkiness (honestly, I found it hard to believe this was dark chocolate), and the flavour of toasted coconut, you’ll be likely to enjoy this. (And I hope you do – this was one case where I really wished I had a traveling companion to share my chocolate stash with.)
Crispy Cat Toasted Almond
I picked up this vegan “first organic candy bar!”, made by Crispy Cat, with a fair measure of excitement. Sadly, as above, I found it far too sweet for my tastes. Comprised of toasted brown rice crisps, a few fragments of almonds which I could barely taste, and three types of sugar (tapioca syrup, agave syrup, and brown rice syrup), all covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate that had no discernable cocoa flavour, this tasted like little more than a super-sweet muesli bar to me. A really big super-sweet muesli bar.
Still, if what I was hankering for was a cloyingly sweet muesli bar rather than delicious delicious dark chocolate, I’m sure this would fit the bill perfectly. It would also work as a great energy-booster for all the vegans out there. So sweet-toothed vegans – have at it!