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Extreme from: Nib Mor

This one, this one, this one! This is the one that’s going to come the closest to getting 10’s across the board. A wonderful harmony of bitter sweet dark chocolate and crunchy goodness.

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Extreme from: Nib Mor

This week’s posting comes from a a complete hole in the wall organic market in the middle of nowhere. I can’t even remember the name, but thank goodness Nib Mor’s site provides a store locator. http://www.nibmor.com/store-locator/

Color/Appearance~9.5/10

Deep dark beautiful brown with a flat sheen (flat is a sheen at least according to paint scales). The cast or stamped logo is a wonderfully fun font and includes a leaf for the dot over the i to remind you of the natural origins of the bar. Much like other bars the scoring is a wonderful forethought; it’s great for promoting the thought that snapping off individual rectangles will keep you from devouring the entire bar in one sitting. (It probably won’t)

Texture~10/10

Keeping in mind some bars are supposed to be smooth and some bars are meant to be textured out of the wazoo, this bar falls smack in the latter category. This chocolate provides a satisfying and dare I say aggressive crunch in every single bite. It’s unlikely you’ve experienced this kind of crunch in any other chocolate bar. Sure some bars contain nuts, puffed rice, or even potato chips but their crunch is found wanting in the presence of this glorious work of culinary genius.

Taste~10!!/10

Golly is it good, so good! When I tell friends about this bar I find my self gushing in the manner of a 90’s tween discussing the latest frosted tipped hair, white jeans sporting, indoor sunglasses wearing, boy band sensation. Its dark and dry with a fine red wine paired with an in-you-face unapologetic crunch.

Fun factor~10/10

From the graphic art of a mountain biker catching mad air (so much air) to the crunch, crunch, crunch (did I mention the crunch yet?) Its great all around. The taste is the strong dark but not overly bitter taste one would come to expect from an 80% cocoa and the unexpected crunch from the inclusion of raw cocoa nibs.

From the manufacture ” A dark chocolate experience to the extreme.
This bar combines added antioxidant power with the crunch of cacao nibs.
Satisfying the ultimate dark chocolate enthusiast.”

Ingredients: INGREDIENTS Organic Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Non-GMO Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier), Organic Vanilla, , Nutrition Facts: , , *Allergen Statement: Created in a facility that handles milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. Allergen Information: Gluten free. Dairy free. Vegan. Warning Information: Created in a facility that handles milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat.

Summary: … cases of 12 are available. http://www.abesmarket.com/natural-products/food-and-drink/chocolate/natural-organic-chocolate-bars/extreme-80-dark-chocolate-bar-with-cocoa-nibs-12-pack-2-2-oz-ea.html and my half birthday is coming up. P.S. Yes I know they’ve changed their package design and I’m slightly disappointing but not enough to write a strongly worded letter or to stop eating these delicious chocolates.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 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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