Dagoba is clearly a chocolate company with worthy ideals and ethics behind it. This US company was founded relatively recently in 2001 by Frederick Schilling. He had the novel idea of aligning the cocoa bean turning into chocolate with alchemy and has travelled the world to find the right type of cocoa beans grown organically and sustainably.
Dagoba’s beans are sourced from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Madagascar and Schilling ensures that they are farmed organically, sustainably and a fair price paid to the farmers and invested in their communities. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Well, ethics or not, the chance to eat some chocolate laced with hemp seeds was too good to miss. The 68% cocoa content wasn’t too shabby either and we all know that pumpkin and sunflower seeds are immensely good for you.
Other ingredients include evaporated cane juice (instead of sugar), Balinese salt (for ethical reasons) and, in their words, “love”. Awwww, bless their sweet little hearts.
Now comes the really un-fun part of this job. This is where I’m going to be considered mean-spirited evil and anti-organic, anti-fairtrade and anti sustainable industry when in actual fact I’m none of those things. It is just that this bar tasted like, well, nothing, actually. Sure, there were crunchy seeds and a nice little salt kick but the actual chocolate was utterly and totally indistinguishable.
I even sat there, on a 29C day outside, waiting patiently to enable each segment to soften a bit so that the flavours of the chocolate could more fully emerge and reveal themselves but nope. There was literally no discernible chocolate taste – it might as well have been (now brace yourselves) carob. Yes, carob – it felt like chocolate and clearly help bind the assorted seeds together but there was no cocoa-ey taste.
Then I tried putting it straight on the tongue and hoping it would dissolve into the taste buds directly but it just didn’t. This was proving to be very, very puzzling and disappointing. Therefore, my suggestion is that you can buy this bar in order to try nibbling on some hemp seeds and for good intentions but do not kid yourself for one second that the actual chocolate is going to be anything other than an invisible let down. Sorry.