This brand comes from the Czech Republic and is manufactured by a company called Carla (well I assume it’s a company and not just some horribly overworked Czech woman).
As far as I can work out, the two bars use the same 70% cocoa blend of chocolate. It’s just that one has an added ingredient. I’m sure the more astute among you can work out what it is from the wrappers.
Yep, the second bar contains hemp seed. Not the first time I’ve had hemp seed in chocolate, although as I recall that was an Austrian sheep’s milk chocolate bar. However, for the privilege of eating ‘cannabis’ seed (which is obviously the selling angle here) you’re expected to fork out more than double the price of the ‘plain’ chocolate bar. I can only assume this to be a cynical marketing ploy to attract the gullible (or possibly already stoned?) chocolate-buying pot smoker. After all, while being nutritionally very good for you hemp seed won’t do anything to adjust your view of the world, as it were.
What it does do though is break up the texture of this dark, slightly bittersweet chocolate. In it’s unadulterated form the chocolate has a slightly greasy mouthfeel which leaves the palate feeling ‘coated’ once the chocolate has melted away. There seems to be more texture than flavour, because as the chocolate melts it seems to coat the inside of the mouth in a mildly unpleasant way. I didn’t like the 70% bar that much but the additional nuttiness of the hemp seeds seemed to reduce the cloying feeling a little (probably by about ten percent, as that was the amount of seed in the bar!).
Compared with most of the European chocolate I have tried, this is very average indeed. Certainly not worth hunting down, particularly when there are a number of excellent chocolatiers working in Prague.