We all know that chocolate is good for you (it’s only when you start adding sugar and milk powder that things go downhill), but there do seem to be more and more health foods using chocolate as an ingredient lately.
These “Nakd” bars (complete with Kshocolât style odd spelling and acented characters) from Natural Balance Foods are apparently completely raw and contain just 5 ingredients; raw dates, raw cashews, raw raisins, cocoa and something described as “natural chocolate flavour”. I’m not sure exactly what that consists of!
The ingredients are simply rolled together and pressed into 35g bars.
They’re not the nicest looking bars I’ve ever seen. I’d go so far as to say the appearance is a little off-putting. But they are vegan, gluten free and dairy free, which I know will appeal to lots of people. Cut one in half, and you can see they’re quite dense.
The texture is a little weird – the bars are chewy, but also quite dry. Once you get used to it, it’s quite palatable, but it won’t be to everyone’s liking. Neither will the flavour, which initially taste a bit cardboardy. You do get a bit of fruit and chocolate flavour coming through eventually though, and once you’re used to the oddness of it all, it’s fairly pleasant.
I don’t think Nakd bars are for me, but I’m probably not the target audience. For health food fans in a hurry, they’re probably worth trying. You’ll find them in supermarkets, health food stores and you can buy boxes of them online at Natural Balance’s website.