Time to review another brace of wholesome raw chocolate bars, courtesy of Emma at Conscious Chocolate. This time I chose a couple of fruity little numbers, namely the Best Ever Citrus Zest bar and the Best Ever Essential Orange bar.
The first one I tried was the essential Orange bar. Now if you’re a fan of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, I wouldn’t recommend this to you, but I’m not, and I found the orange flavour very agreeable. It lends a subtle citrus zing to the raw chocolate flavours, and without the unnatural intensity I generally associate with ‘flavoured’ chocolate.￼
Having enjoyed nibbling the Essential Orange bar, it was time to crack open it’s sibling, the Best Ever Citrus Zest bar. It came as something of a surprise to find that this one was shot through with long, fine strands of Orange, Lemon and Lime zest and I have to say that it was delicious. The zest adds much more of a citrus kick to the whole thing, and nibbling on the zesty bits after the chocolate had melted was lovely. This is my favourite Conscious bar to date, and I think the addition of a little fruitiness to Emma’s recipe is a great idea (assuming of course that you enjoy citrus flavours). Definitely a couple of winners here – both recommended, but if you’re on a tight budget then I’d say go for the Citrus Zest.
Footnote: Well, I’m just over halfway through my Conscious collection, and enjoying every mouthful. Next time I’ll be reviewing a couple of the more unusual bars – Goji & Coconut and Love Potion Number 9.