I like a great many things about Antidote Chocolate. I like that each bar is named after Greek or Aztec goddesses. I like the gorgeous packaging. I like that today’s bars were given to me by my brother, who I miss muchly right now. I like that the chocolate is vegan. I like that its tagline is “health through pleasure”.
I like that the company focuses on letting the cacao shine, but that it also throw in unusual and inventive ingredients. I like that the cacao is half-raw, half-roasted. I like that Antidote Chocolate is the creation of a woman, Red Thalhammer, who hoped her chocolates could act as antidotes for troubles in our daily lives.
I like that I like the chocolate, too.
Antidote Hybris: Mango + Juniper 84% Dark Chocolate
Hybris, Greek Goddess of Reckless Pride and Insolence: With her outrageous behavior, Hybris is the antidote to fear and insecurity. Her overpowering spirit comes alive through juniper berries and mango, the king of fruits, to promote thriving strength.
I like that a goddess of reckless pride and insolence might not seem a logical choice for chocolate, but Red made it work by turning Hybris into a shield against fear and insecurity. I like this because fear, insecurity, and anxiety are common demons in my life, and I’d like to have such a shield.
I like that the aroma of the Hybris Mango + Juniper 84% Dark Chocolate was light and fruity, making me think of kombucha and white wine. I like that the taste was not acidic. I like that I tasted toffee apples, smoke, and chewy real dried mango, not sickly-sweet crystallised mango. I would have liked the juniper to be more assertive.
Antidote Hebe: Lemon Salt 77% Dark Chocolate
Hebe, Greek Goddess of Youth: Fresh and memorable, Hebe’s nectar is the antidote to time passing. Her youthful spirit, revived through lemon & salt, rejuvenates and addicts to laugh and play.
I like that Antidote’s description of Hebe and youthfulness does not make a single reference to botox. I like that the aroma was a little like lemonade, and that the delicate lemon-infused salt flakes shimmered on the surface of the 77% dark chocolate.
I like that the salt had a strong bold kick, and was intertwined with zingy lemon zest. I like that the salt accentuated the marscapone, floral, and oak notes of the chocolate, and that the overall taste reminded me of the margaritas that my mother would sometimes drink back when we lived in Orange County. I like that the citrus wasn’t bitter, and that sometimes I thought I tasted marshmallows.
Antidote Aletheia: Ginger + Gooseberry 84% Dark Chocolate
Aletheia, Greek Goddess of Truth and Wisdom: Lies are spread everywhere but Aletheia’s divine truth is the antidote to delusion and denial. Her clarifying spirit, through ginger and gooseberries, cleanses you feeling refreshed and strong.
I like that this was my favourite of the three Antidote chocolates I tried, and I hope that Aletheia’s wisdom will help me find my path here in Canada. I like that its aroma was spicy yet subtle, with an earthiness reminiscent of newly-growing flowers. I like that it was covered in ginger sparkledust.
Very simply, I like this chocolate. I like that its flavour notes encompassed sourdough bread and pecans and toffee and chewy gooseberries like tangy pineapple and molasses and smokiness and fruity-sour-zing and deep deep chocolate.
Yes, I like Antidote Chocolate. And I’d like to think I’ll one day get to experience each and every flavour in its range. I would like that.