After frantically trying to eat dozens of chocolate bars in the fortnight before leaving Australia, I boarded the plane to America last week honestly thinking I wouldn’t want chocolate again for at least three weeks.
Well, that turned out to be a great big honking untruth, considering I ate and reviewed two bars during that exact same flight.
A double great big honking untruth, actually, because New York City offered up a dizzying array of fancy chocolates, not least of which were deep, dark, and raw.
Readers, I ate them.
Fearless Raw Organic Chocolate Super Seeds Crunch! Hemp Chia Flax
I haven’t reviewed many raw chocolates on this blog, largely due to being hurt by spongy and sour-tasting Australian versions. However, this bar of Fearless Raw Organic Chocolate promised me ELEPHANTS. So I bought it.
So many elephants! Mirrored-shiny-double-vision elephants, the likes of which led me to sing Pink Elephants on Parade in my hotel room. (Look out! Look out! Pink elephants on parade! Here they come! Hippety hoppety! Such a terrifying song.)
If you’re interested, this bar is made of organic raw cacao, organic rapadura sugar, organic flax seed, organic hemp seed, and organic chia seed. Simple and simply marvellous, right? Right.
The aroma was like cacao and nuts, but I also detected cinnamon toast and treacle. I snapped off a square of the 70% cacao chocolate, popped it in my mouth, and only after the third square did I remember that it was raw chocolate. The flavour was so definitely chocolate, and the texture so firm and crisp, that I suddenly realised not all raw chocolate is plagued by being soft and a bit tasteless.
Fearless Chocolate’s Super Seeds Crunch was a pleasure to eat. It did have the distinct tang that seems inseparable from raw cacao, but at least it wasn’t unpleasantly sour; it was more like sweet raspberries and pink lemonade. Furthermore, the crunch and earthy-nutty-golden flavours of the hemp, chia, and flax seeds kept the texture and taste interesting. I’d happily try more of this Fearless Chocolate.
Lulu’s Chocolate Aztec Crunch with Raw Cacao Nibs
I can’t help feeling the actual chocolate part of Lulu’s Chocolate Aztec Crunch with Raw Cacao Nibs could easily be lost amongst the endless marketing on its packaging. It’s vegan! handcrafted raw chocolate! has low-glycemic coconut sugar with a glycemic index of 35! Ecuadorian! Fair Trade! gluten-free! inspired by ancient Aztec recipes! sensual and smooth! deliciously irresistible! compostable inner wrapper! printed on recycled paper with soy ink! made with cacao, Coconut Secret coconut crystals, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, sea salt and love! all the things!
Once I’d read what felt like the chocolate equivalent of Anna Karenina on a chocolate bar smaller than my palm, I unwrapped the raw 75% chocolate itself and breathed in.
I breathed in delicious nostalgia via an aroma that spun me back to a childhood dessert I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was like maple syrup drizzled on my mum’s special Sunday morning Dutch Baby pancakes mixed with the aroma of melted butter being stirred into cocoa and sugar to create brownie batter ready for the oven.
The chocolate was again truly crisp and, while its flavour did taste quite “raw” to my mind, the hints of salt and vanilla helped create an enjoyable flavour. Salted toffee, pineapple, and something a little like the salt rim of a fresh margarita all peeked out.
It was New York, and Lulu’s Chocolate was tasty. That was enough for me.