70% Dark Chocolate with Quirky Quinoa Crunch
I liked the mild chocolate taste and the texture, which was crunchy and not hard or dry. Hubby said, “Now thatís yummy. Best one Iíve had so far. Most likely for me to finish a whole bar in a single sitting. Sweet, creamy, crunchy.” This bar was one of my friend’s favorite: “crunch is great!”
Hu’s Manhattan restaurant offers an extensive menu with many vegan options. The philosophy is “to get back to the way humans ate before industry ruined food,” so their chocolate, which is “handcrafted in Brooklyn” like Rescue Chocolate, contains “no refined sugar, cane sugar, gluten, dairy, emulsifiers, stabilizers, soy, or GMOs.” (If you haven’t deduced it yet, all we do here in Brooklyn is sit around handcrafting stuff.)
Almond Butter & Puffed Quinoa Chocolate Bar
Yum. Soft, crunchy and rich. I liked the faint roasted flavor. Hubby said “nice and creamy,” and praised the heartiness and the crispy quinoa. A friend agreed that it was “delicious,” with a great texture. She also loved the quinoa crunch.
Crunchy Fig Chocolate Bar
This bar looks a lot like Rescue Chocolate’s Mission Feral Fig, but doesn’t pull it off as well. The embedded whole almonds were a tad soft, which distracted me from the chocolate, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because the chocolate was too bitter. I didn’t taste much fig. A friend disagreed, praising the flavor and noting that the fig imparted a nice texture.
Equal Exchange Chocolates
Mint Chocolate With A Delicate Crunch
I loved the mint, which was not overwhelming, and the crunch was delicate and satisfying.†A friend liked this bar’s creaminess and mint flavor, and another called it sweet and good but may have felt differently after she caught a bitter aftertaste. A third friend (they really went for this bar, the only mint one we sampled) thought it tasted like a York Peppermint Patty.
Dark Chocolate with Brown Rice
Organic and ethically traded, this bar is a bit hard, a bit dry, but satisfyingly crispy. The flavor is strong and a little bitter for me — I almost felt a sting. One friend said it was “okay” but “a bit too bitter.” Another agreed that it was bitter, but “in a good way.” She called this bar delicious and said she never would have known it was vegan. The Food Empowerment Project endorses Nibmor.
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