What a week it’s been! My new column on Menuism.com debuted, and the voting period for the Hot Raw Chef contest finally wrapped up. I can BREATHE! Well, kind of. I’ll still be sitting on the edge of my seat until the Hot Raw Chef winners are announced on Monday. Thank you again to all who voted for me!
It’s high time I get started on my backlog of product reviews, and what better to precede Valentine’s Day with than chocolate? Raw vegan chocolate, that is. Recently, Sacred Chocolate (a company co-founded by David Wolfe himself) very kindly sent me a sampler pack of items to review.
I nearly squealed with glee when I opened up this bad boy. Sacred Chocolate is entirely vegan, organic, and raw, and is free of dairy, gluten, and soy. It’s unroasted, cold-pressed, and stone-ground at a low temperature to preserve the chocolate’s antioxidant and polyphenol content. I couldn’t wait to dig into this assortment of samples.
Sacred Chocolate makes an impressively varied array of flavors. The White Passion is smooth and silky, the Amazonian has a spicy edge, and the Mint was unexpectedly mild and pleasant.
Matt and I tried the 100% Heart of Cacao sample together—you should’ve seen our puckered faces! I have to admit that, unlike some people, I’m not cut out for the ultra-dark stuff!
I was very surprised at which chocolates turned out to be my favorites—the Immuno Mushroom and the Cacao Nibby! The former was deliciously rich and sweet (with no fungus flavor whatsoever), and the latter was delightfully crunchy. Though I haven’t tasted a Nestlé Crunch bar in years, that’s what the Cacao Nibby reminded me of.
The Golden Beanz are truly-raw, low-temperature-dehydrated cacao beans.
I tried one straight up. Intense! I’m saving the rest to use in a raw chocolate superfood elixir I plan to create.
I’m saving the last of the bunch, this huge dairy-free “mylk” chocolate heart, to share with Matt for V-Day.
Thank you again to Sacred Chocolate for sending me this amazing sample pack!
Best of luck on your V-Day planning, everyone! Matt and I are going to be doing something special (actually, we will BE somewhere special), but I think I’ll wait a couple more days to share the news. 😉 Have a great rest of your Thursday!