I’ve mentioned before that Australia’s raw chocolate scene is, at least in my experience, disappointing. Chalky grainy textures, sour undeveloped cacao flavours, and general misery are all things I’ve been subjected to by raw chocolate in my home country.
* Since receiving this chocolate, the company has changed its name from Conscious Chocolate to Pana Chocolate.
Pana Chocolate Coconut + Goji Raw Organic Dark Chocolate
Before I go any further, might I please squeak out “adorable!” in a girly voice? I love Pana Chocolate’s packaging. I have no idea what the creature on the left is supposed to be (a vampire yeti, perhaps?) but look! He’s so friendly with the flowers and the giving! Aw!
Oh, come now Pana. This is too much. Smiling little ghost-men, love hearts, *and* chocolate that is raw, organic, handmade, low GI, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and made from cacao butter, agave nectar, cacao powder, coconut oil, wild carob, cinnamon, goji berries, coconut flakes, and Himalayan crystal salt? I can’t resist. I can’t resist you.
Leaning close to this thick dark chocolate I took a deep breath, and quickly found myself smiling over a deeply rich aroma with notes of warm brownies and brownie batter, coconut rough, and the faintest hint of something fruity.
I took a bite. Oh, the texture! Like fudge, like silken buttery rich firm fudge melting in my mouth, with absolutely none of the graininess that often plagues raw chocolate.
The generous long shards of coconut lent not only crunch but also a tropical undertone to the chocolate, and for the first time in my life I found myself loving goji berries. The red jewelled berries were so soft, so plump, and so lightly fruity without being too sweet. The chocolate itself was better than I’d even hoped, offering up whispers of woodsy smoke and tobacco alongside coconut sugar, palm sugar, fudgy brownies, and a tangy edge from the raw cacao. This bar was utterly rich, silky, and oh-so-satisfying.
Trust my brother to find a way for me to love Australian raw chocolate.
After all, he’s always taken care of me.