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Mystery Milk Chocolate from: ABC Vegan

Mystery Milk Chocolate from: ABC Vegan

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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.

Color/Appearance~7/10

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.

Texture~8/10

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.

Taste~7/10

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.

Fun factor~11/10

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.

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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Vegan Aztec Hot (Dark) Chocolate Recipe: A mess for your pleasure

So yesterday morning I made 10+ cups of hot chocolate (for myself) in an effort to perfect vegan hot chocolate.

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Recipe:
Ingredients:                                                                                                Turbinado or Raw sugar 3 Tablespoons per serving                                         Raw/Whole cocoa powder 2 Tablespoons per serving                                     Vanilla unsweetened soy milk (I like WestSoy brand, but use which ever you’d like) Instead of using vanilla soy    milk  you can use pain and add 3 drops of vanilla to your soy milk while heating. 8oz. per serving
Red Chili Powder 1/16 Teaspoon per serving                                                   Cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon per serving

Directions: 1. In a sauce pain heat soy milk to 170 degrees Fahrenheit             2. Reduce temp to low and immediately add sugar and stir until dissolved.       3. Add remaining ingredients to pan while on low and mix/froth for approximately 2 minutes with an immersion or stick blender. Alternatively you can pour the heated Soy milk sugar mixture and the remaining ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes. Remember hot liquids have a tendency to steam/splash in a running blender so use caution. Addationally if you have a glass blender vessel like myself pre-heat it with hot water (possibly poured out of your preheated mugs.                                                              4. Pour into mugs, sip, and enjoy!!

I’ve come to the following conclusions in my quest:

1. Making 10+ cups of hot chocolate with no one else to drink them but you leaves your housemates thinking you’ve finally lost it.

2. There’s a lot of debate out there about just how hot you can heat soy milk, 170 degrees Fahrenheit was the winner for me.

3. Always preheat your hot chocolate mugs, this can be done by putting your mug (microwave safe of course) in the microwave full of room temp water for approx 2 min (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). Alternatively you can fill you mug with boiling water from another source and let sit approx 1 minute. (dump out the water and you have a nice preheated mug). This will ensure your liquidy chocolaty goodness will stay hotter longer and its a cozy pick me up for cold hands.

4. Vegan hot chocolate made with soy milk and raw cocoa will always leave a minuscule amount of gritty taste in your mouth. Sorry folks unprocessed whole foods tend to taste a bit more earthy… nonetheless this stuff is absolutely delicious. I’ll try experimenting with Almond, Coconut, and Rice milk in the future to see if this increases silkiness.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Maya Gold from : Green and Black’s Organic

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Maya Gold by Green and Black’s Organic

Color/Appearance~6/10

Disappointingly the bar itself lacked the deep smooth brown I’ve come to expect from higher percentage dark chocolate. However the stamped familiar leaf logo added a nice aesthetic touch and the scoring lines were a welcome touch as it lends to easy parceling of the bar for a whole weeks worth of enjoyment.

Texture~6/10

While not overly displeasing the texture of this particular chocolate lacked any standout qualities.  I found it to be relatively smooth with a slight grit possibly attributed to a minimal amount of processing of the spices used.

Taste~6/10

I really wanted to give better marks here, considering how much I’ve enjoyed other Green and Black’s confections but I just couldn’t. Yes the front text describes the following “Dark Chocolate infused with subtle flavors of orange and delicate spices.” Unfortunately the orange was not so subtle, actually it was borderline distracting overwhelming both the delicate spices and chocolate as a whole. The delicate spices were notable and did add a very nice touch to the taste pallet, but just didn’t balance well with the slightly overwhelming orange flavor.

Fun factor~8/10

Here’s an area where as usual Green and Black’s tends to make a statement. The presentation, from the simple yet elegantly designed outer packaging to the delicate gold foil wrapping inside is both classic in its execution and tastefully modern.

Additional notes: Yay for Kraft for producing a theoretically organic chocolate bar (see USDA Organic seal). Labeled as “Suitable for Vegetarians”, I believe the bar also qualifies as Vegan but I won’t sear by it. Also kudos for making a Fair trade product (www.info.fairtrade.net)

Summary: Over all not a disappointing experience, but not something to write home about. An uncommon miss for Green and Black’s.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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