This is another first for yours truly – a chocolate made with sheep’s milk and containing 10% hemp seed.
ChocoLina is an Austrian company offering chocolates made from sheep and goat milk, the goat’s milk products seemingly branded ChocoLisa.
The bar contains only 100% sheep’s milk , raw cane sugar, cocoa beans (36%) and Bourbon vanilla. It contains no soy lecithin or other emulsifiers, and is guaranteed GMO and artificial ingredient free. The company’s website, while a little patchy in the English version, does extol the virtues of non-dairy products, and presents a lot of evidence to suggest that the alternatives it offers are much healthier than chocolate containing cow’s milk.
The crucial point is, of course, does the stuff actually taste any good?
As you can see from the photo, it certainly looks like chocolate. It smells like chocolate, and has a lovely hemp seed aroma (and cute little lambs stamped into the bar). It’s also not cheap – this bar was €4.50 – so as with most ‘healthier’ niche products, the consumer pays a premium.
So what does it taste like, I hear you cry?
Well, it’s actually rather sweet (total carbs 42.6 %, of which 37.9% is sugar) with a very smooth consistency. The fact that it’s made with sheep’s milk gives it a slightly more ‘yoghurty’ flavour than a dairy chocolate and the hemp seed adds a nutty element. Different, but not so different that it would deter me from trying more of their products.
The website hints at darker bars but this was the only sheep’s milk bar I was able to find.
As a milk chocolate bar, it is quite palatable, but I would be interested to see how sheep’s milk would pair up with a higher cocoa content. As for goat’s milk chocolate, well, I’d be intrigued to see how they manage to get it to taste chocolatey!