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  1. cybele

    Those look like Lychee (I can’t tell scale).

    My issue with Carob for all these years hasn’t been that it doesn’t taste like chocolate, but that they use those waxy oils instead of cocoa butter – a carob bar made with cocoa butter sounds like it might be interesting.

  2. Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy)

    I still haven’t tried carob. I have been meaning to buy some carob chips to mix into cookies or something. Most people seem to like carob (of those who will try it) 🙂

  3. hungryandfrozen

    I’ve always hated carob – it tastes so waxy and awful. But this actually sounds really good. I like that there’s a gourmet option for people who can’t eat actual chocolate, although the name isn’t overly snappy…I agree with cybele, the berries resemble lychees to me 🙂

  4. Vaala ◪

    Ooo, those berries look like mini brains!

    But yes, I love how carob is a substitution for carob in this bar. Brilliant. Hmmm, haven’t really had much experience with carob but my memory tells me I quite liked it…

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I haven’t eaten carob since I was a teenager (which may say how much I enjoyed it lol). Those berries look a bit like little brains! :O

  6. Tammy McLeod

    Alternative to carob would definitely mean not carob. hmmmm?

  7. Kath Lockett

    Carob – the most dreaded ‘C’ word apart from ~shudder~ ‘Compounded’ !!

  8. Hannah

    Cybele: Definitely not lychee – though I can see a little where you’re coming from. These were definitely berries – maybe closest to mulberries in texture/composition? And you’re right – the use of cocoa butter here is quite unique, isn’t it?

    Stacy: I’ve actually got bags of Sunspire’s unsweetened carob chips and vegan carob chips in my stash (the former were given to me somewhat accidentally, and have so far been enjoyed mostly stirred into dulce de leche). You’ve made me think I should cook with them rather than just eat handfuls.. 😛

    Laura: I remember the hideousness of the carob buds that used to come mixed into cheap lolly bags, a decade or so ago, but these were far different! Still, nothing beats proper chocolate 🙂

    Vaala: At least it wasn’t me who made the brain reference this time 😀 Do you get Plamil in NZ? I’ve seen a few of its bars in Australia, though I’m not sure if we get this one.

    Lorraine: I think the carob of yore was pretty hideous 😀 I think the intensity of this one would divide people too, though! (The berries were far tastier than brains are…)

    Tammy: Methinks Plamil needs to employ a proofreader…

    Kath: *laughs* I KNEW you would say something like that! But amen a thousand times re “compound chocolate”. Ugh!

  9. Simply Life

    I still don’t think I’ve tried carob – now I’m curious!…

  10. gmasydney

    A first Hannah! It was the ‘carob’ that grabbed me, as you will no doubt realise. Where did you find this one?
    The berries look like raspberries. How big are they?

  11. Vaala ◪

    Nah, I’ve never heard of Plamil before…although that doesn’t mean we don’t have it I guess. I’m curious to have a look.

  12. Hannah

    Simply Life: You should try Sunspire’s Vegan Carob Chips! If you can bear to walk past their peanut butter chips, that is. Dear me, I love those peanut butter chips…

    GmaSydney: Hurrah! Do you like carob? I’d be more than happy to make you some safe carob cookies/brownies sometime 😀 I found this in England, but As Nature Intended in Civic/Belco does sell some Plamil products. The berries are bigger than raspberries, smaller than lychees… and I’ve actually worked out what they are! Shall reveal all soon 🙂

    Vaala: I haven’t looked for this one here yet, as I’ve forbidden myself from entering upscale delis/food stores. Once in, I lose all sense of rationality, so to save my budget I just can’t enter 😀

  13. Lauren

    Summer means days at a time without internet, which also means plenty of blog posts to catch up on! Hurray! It’s like Christmas!

    I’m glad you did the work of figuring out carob for me. I always see it in recipes, and had no idea what to expect.

    By the way — tried a new Tea Room chocolate today. Milk Chocolate and Honeybush Caramel. Very pleasant! Of course, during our Wegman’s run, Lincoln and I spotted Lindt Chili and Sea Salt and thought of you. (Those are the ones you like, right? Well, one among the many ones…)

  14. Hannah

    Lauren: Hey lady! I’ve been wondering how you are, apart from scattered facebook clues 😀 Does this make me Santa? I’ve always wanted to be a jolly and plump old man. That chocolate sounds rather special – was it caramel tea? And aww, you thought of me! Lindt Chilli and Sea Salt are, indeed, my go-to bars when I want something to mindlessly nibble while watching Ellen 🙂 (And the Sea Salt has just become available in Australia – win!)

  15. Erica

    Il don’t think I’ve tried carob – now have to try it!…Great post.

  16. Hannah

    Erica: Thank you! It’s worth trying, but just make sure you aren’t expecting a rich chocolate flavour 😀

  17. gmasydney

    Thanks for the info about where to purchase. As far as carob is concerned it’s a case of beggars can’t be choosers and I find it palatable enough. I make chocolate brownies using cocoa and have concocted a delicious recipe (and I’m not the only one who says it is delicious) using ‘craisins’ instead of walnuts as walnuts are a no no for birthdayboy.

  18. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I like carob ok, but it is a poor substitute for chocolate. Better enjoyed, like you said, as a separate entity.
    Whenever I see carob mentioned anywhere, everyone calls its flavor “malty.” I’ve never quite grasped what maltiness is.
    What odd berries! I must know what they are.

  19. Hannah

    Amber: Kinda like how I love nutritional yeast, but don’t think it tastes particularly “cheesy” 🙂 Malty… have you ever had Milo or Horlicks? But malty can also be a bit beer-like in flavour, sometimes, I think, maybe. Um. Hmm.

  20. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I have not tried Horlick’s YET, but I’ve had an unopened container of it in my cabinet for quite awhile! Must break that out soon…

  21. Hannah

    Amber: I see peanut-butter-or-maybe-cashew-chocolate-malt balls in your future… 😀

  22. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    We had “carob whirls” in primary school. 10 cents for a little baking paper package of them. I remember them being like floury kind of chocolate, but back then my favourite thing to have for lunch was a sausage roll & sauce with a choc milk, so I think perhaps my palate was a little different to the one I have now.

  23. Hannah

    Conor: Carob whirls! That’s exactly what I was thinking of when I mentioned carob buds in mixed lolly bags. They were mealy and a bit sour, at least in my memory. And my primary school once-a-week canteen order was “three chicken nuggets and three chicken chippees with a honeycomb Moove, thank you very much”, so I hear you on the palate-changing!

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