It makes sense to follow up a post about cheesecake extravagance in the United States with a review of raw vegan organic ethical-in-all-the-ways artisan dark chocolate created by a passionate Canadian, right?
Of course right. It’s the contrasts that make this world of ours so eminently fascinating.
Zimt Artisan Chocolates
Last year, back when I was still in Australia, I was contacted by the passionate and charming Emma, founder of Zimt Artisan Chocolates. Zimt chocolate is fair trade, organic, raw, vegan, sustainable, hand-made in micro batches, packaged in recycled and compostable materials and, most importantly of all, delicious – but I’m getting ahead of myself.
After several months of emailing back and forth while I travelled and Emma redesigned her packaging, I received a lovely note and selection of chocolates direct from Vancouver. Emma uses high quality cacao along with coconut nectar and coconut sugar for her chocolate, thereby creating a deep, dark, and rich base for her growing line.
Zimt Artisan Chocolates Chocolate Nib’d
I started with the most purely-cacao-focused of Emma’s bars, the Raw Chocolate Nib’d. Described as “rich dark chocolate studded with crunchy cacao bean nibs”, the bar was firm (if not as crisp as tempered, non-raw chocolate) with an enticingly deep aroma.
From my first nibble to my last bite, I enjoyed this bar’s flavours of redcurrant, melted butter on toast (oops; that’s not a very vegan description), liqueur, toffee flavoured with pear (oops; that doesn’t exist in real life), and even a little light champagne. I’m also always a fan of cacao nibs in chocolate.
Zimt Artisan Chocolates Sweet Orange Nib’d
Okay, you all know that I couldn’t eat this devilfruit-focused chocolate. I wish I could have; it looked so glossy and enticing. I even went so far as to pick up a square, but alas! My soul couldn’t do it. I simply can’t have anything to do with orange chocolate.
Zimt Artisan Chocolates Coconut Crisp
Deep breath now. Deep breath in. Mmm. Cleansing seductive breaths, for “rich dark chocolate and crispy flaked coconut” is a far more welcome citizen in my chocolate world. Wait… a citizen that I eat? That wasn’t a very good metaphor.
The aroma of Zimt Coconut Crisp was like the Golden Rough chocolates I ate in childhood, but deeper, darker, and headier with a tangy raspberry-esque twist. The coconut generously mixed through the chocolate contributed a lovely crunch to each bite, and the overall taste was dark yet mellow, whispering with soft sweetness and humming with coconut.
I really enjoyed the Zimt flavours I tried, and was glad to share the other with an appreciative audience. A big thank you to Emma for her generosity, and I can’t wait to see Zimt take Canada (and the world) by storm.