As one might expect from the name, Berry Christmas comes loaded with three different types of berry, and being a Conscious bar one of those berries is a bit special. Sitting alongside ground blueberries and ground blackcurrants is a berry I had never heard of before – Inca Berry. Naturally, I had to do a quick bit of research on Inca Berries, and this is what I found.
” Incan or Goldenberries are also called cape gooseberry or agauaymanto berry. Locally called mullaca, uvilla, uchuva, the plant is an annual herb indigenous to many parts of the tropics, including the Amazon. It can be found on most continents in the tropics, including Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The Golden Inca berry is high in phosphorus, pectin and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and B12, and for a fruit, they’re quite high in protein (16%). These vegan gems are also a good source of bioflavinoids (vitamin P) which contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. ”
Hardly surprising to find that Emma has managed to incorporate another superfood into her range of chocolate bars, but how does it taste? As the raw chocolate melted away I began to taste a very citrussy mixture of flavours, with the blackcurrants making themselves known almost immeediately. Because raw chocolate melts so quickly it wasn’t long before all I had left in my mouth was the berry content, and chewing up the various berries produced a very pleasant combination of flavours. I’m not sure I could isolate the Inca Berries, but there were definitely tangy, naturally sweet and zesty notes. Overall, very tasty and quite unusual.
A bar loaded with dried cherries – tart and chewy and bursting with flavour. A riot of bittersweet cherry wrapped in the classic Conscious chocolate ‘house blend’ to produce a superb tasting treat. Anyone with a taste for cherries should definitely have a look for this bar. It didn’t take too long tat all before I was crumpling up the wrapper (and popping it into the recycling, honest Emma).
This bar contained Pineapple and pine nuts – not flavours I’d normally associate with Christmas (see the recent Cocoa Bean Christmas Tree Chocolate review if you’re a traditionalist) but when I tasted it I was intrigued by the combination of flavours. The pineapple (which I had expected to dominate the whole experience) had been used very subtly, and in combination with the pine nuts gave a very soft, smooth taste. There were always notes of pineapple, and it certainly made it all the way to the finish, but it always sat extremely well with the lovely nutty flavour of the pine nuts. A very moreish blend of flavours, and again one I would heartily recommend.
So there you have it – a Conscious Christmas collection, and one that is well worth seeking out. They’re available at selected stores here in the UK or get in touch via Emma’s web site – www.consciouschocolate.co.uk – and treat your taste buds (and your metabloism) to some very interesting and extremely tasty raw chocolate.