Salazon Chocolate Co.
Sea Salt & Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar
This organic dark chocolate tasted a little sour to me, with occasional strong bursts of salt. A non-vegan friend couldn’t tell there was no dairy in it but wasn’t thrilled with the flavor, noting a bit of aftertaste; another called it her favorite, with a slight salt flavor and “very smooth” texture. A third thought the “salty/sweet combo” made for a “great flavor.” Salazon is on the Food Empowerment Project’s good list.
I popped a segment into my mouth and thought immediately of cinnamon chewing gum, and I love cinnamon chewing gum. I liked the delicate crunch, which may come from the ground cinnamon; hubby called it gritty, but didn’t seem to mind. He thought it was delicious and creamy and thought the cinnamon, while subtle, made the whole thing “delightful.” He could not stop eating it. A friend gave a one-word review: “Yuck!”
A crumbly texture with tiny granules of crunchy crystallized ginger. The flavor is rich and not too sweet.
Fine & Raw Chocolate
I liked the soft texture and strong flavor, which tasted like cocoa powder smells. I never would have guessed it was raw. Hubby, who prefers bittersweet to milk chocolate, at first thought it could use more sugar, though he liked the creamy texture. He kept reaching for it, though, and soon said, “Itís growing on me.” A friend found it delicious with a “really rich truffley filling.”
These gluten-free treats are raw, but you wouldn’t know it.
Coated with shaved almonds, this is a fudgy one-biter. Hubby’s verdict: “Nice.” He found it creamy with a tart or bitter flavor. Both of us sensed and disliked a wine flavor, but couldn’t figure out where it came from — there isn’t any alcohol in the ingredient list.
Dark Chocolate Crunch
This flavor excited hubby more than the almond. He liked the crunchy nib coating. I liked the richness and creamy mouth feel, but again with the wine flavor.
Raaka Virgin Chocolate
This bar tasted like tea to me, which is to be expected — rooibos is the plant whose leaves are brewed to make red tea. A friend with a more sophisticated palate than mine found it sweet with “cherry notes.” Hubby also tasted cherry but thought there was too much of it. The Food Empowerment Project okays Raaka.
Limited Reserve Vanilla & Smoke
Hubby said this bar was hard and a little crumbly, with a sweet, tangy flavor. His verdict: “Okay, not great.” I would have upgraded “okay” to “good” until the sour aftertaste hit. A friend noted that it was “slightly bitter,” and, for good measure, added, “Not sweet.” Another person was more receptive, saying the flavor was interesting, but didn’t include vanilla. The Brothers get a seal of approval from the Food Empowerment Project.
Sweet Chocolate Dream
Creamy Sweet Chocolate Bar
A milk chocolate junkie in my previous, vegetarian life, I can’t get enough of this stuff. After all the high cacao content, more or less bittersweet bars, I welcomed the blast of, as advertised, creamy sweet. No one else reviewed this one because I hoarded it for myself.
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