Pana Chocolate is raw, vegan, and organic chocolate, handmade in Melbourne, Australia, using high quality ingredients such as raw cacao, virgin cacao butter, agave nectar, carob, Himalayan crystal sea salt, 100% essential oils, and organic add-ins. It uses no soy or added sugar, no preservatives, and is gluten-free. It has the cutest mascot I’ve ever seen on chocolate, perhaps the most creative flavours of any Australian chocolate company yet, and it is better for you than broccoli.
The entire last line of that paragraph is open to debate, of course, but until I’m proven wrong… I ain’t wrong.
I received the above three bars of Pana Chocolate from the company after they found my review of the wonderful Pana Chocolate Coconut + Goji Dark Chocolate. However, Pana couldn’t ship beyond Australia, so a big thank you to my dad for acting as the middle-man and sending this on to me without stealing a single bite.
Rose Pana Chocolate
Pana Chocolate’s 60% Rose dark chocolate, made with virgin cacao butter, dark agave nectar, raw cacao powder, virgin coconut oil, wild carob, cinnamon, maca, pure Himalayan crystal salt, and pure essential rose oil, was the flavour I most giddily anticipated trying.
The bar was dark and shiny, and absolutely blossomed (pun intended) with the heady perfume of rose as soon as I’d unwrapped it. The rose aroma didn’t seem artificial like it is in mass-market Turkish delight, or off-putting like potpourri in a dusty old antique shop. No. It was like breathing in a springtime garden.
I took a bite and my mind swirled in delight, losing itself in flavour-memories and dreams. Pana Chocolate’s raw vegan rose chocolate was rich, unctuous, smooth like fudge, the rose lingering, tangling with incense, a smoky church in Italy, clotted cream richness and a scent of cinnamon, sexy gorgeous chocolate, gooey brownie centres, buttery fudge rolling on my tongue, so smooth, so rich, floral petticoats chiffon lightweight dresses skipping bare legs, Persian fairy floss and true Turkish delight, falling asleep in a rose garden, enveloped in petals.
I guess you could say I loved this Pana Chocolate Rose Dark Chocolate.
Lucuma Gold Pana Chocolate
I had no idea what to expect with this chocolate. I’ve had lucuma before, but always integrated into other treats, not as the sole flavour. The aroma was a bit like malt, a bit like custard, with something fruity that wasn’t quite citrus but almost, like passionfruit marmalade (teehee, I just wrote “passionate marmalade”).
The flavour did have some fruitiness, a very subtle pineapple hint. The texture was firm but easy to bite through, and a little grainy. There were vanilla notes, something that reminded me of pandan, but all very subtle. Like a whispering custard apple buttercream, with the oily richness of cacao butter. Very intriguing.
Blue-Green Algae Pana Chocolate
I definitely waved my hand around for this Blue-Green Algae dark chocolate bar when Pana asked which flavours I’d like to try but, alas, it turned out to not be my bag, baby. So let’s just look at pretty pictures of the chocolate, because it turns out that I don’t feel confident in my ability to describe the tastes and quality of algae.
One great thing about this chocolate is that 20c of every bar sold is being donated by Pana to Sea Shepherd, a marine wildlife conservation organisation. So there, you have two reasons to buy this one! It helps save animals! And you get to tell everyone you ate algae chocolate! Hurrah!
I, for one, will be dreaming of endless boxes filled with Pana’s rose bar.