Mystery Milk Chocolate from: ABC Vegan
So another interaction with my friend Esther over at http://www.abcvegan.com/ brought me a fun milk chocolate bar. If you can’t tell I’m a dark chocolate kind of person, but I try to keep an open mind. Along the same open minded lines, she let me be a taste-tester for the first version of a work-in-progress and given this positive start I can’t wait to see how she perfects it.
This bar is brown, like milk chocolate brown, shocking, shocking I know. However its not the flat uniform brown of your hohum Hersey’s milk chocolate classic. Its a lighter brown with varied “earth tones” and some flecks of white.The glossy shine and a classic chocolate bar mold pattern, simple and straight forward.
The texture of the bar dose a good job of contrasting the overall smooth/creaminess found in most milk chocolate and is vaguely reminiscent of a Crunch bar. I enjoy chia, flax, and hemp seeds in many of my dishes so a bit of a “gritty” texture is right at home on my pallet. However, “gritty” is a poor and frankly unappetizing description when applied to most any food, and earthy feels like a much better description. The texture of the bar does a good job of contrasting the overall smooth/creaminess found in most milk chocolate and is vaguely reminiscent of a Crunch bar.
Decent, really quite decent. It tastes creamy without being overly rich or sweet. The earthy theme spills over from texture into taste. It reminds me of crisp rice and seeds, pretty close to my previously reviewed Super Seeds Crunch Bar.
Ok, here I’m going to be completely biased. I’ve been friends with Esther over at abcvegan for quite some time now and I’ve found nary a reason to turn my nose up at any of her vegan culinary works of art. I was privileged to be a taste tester for a first draft vegan chocolate bar and the experience was wonderful. There’s some room for improvement but frankly I don’t care for most milk chocolate but this one was a winner.
Summary: A great start to something wonderful in the world of milk chocolate. (I hope the home made packaging is here to stay) I’m looking forward to version 2.0 with great anticipation.