Pure Flavour make a similar sort of chocolate to our Chocster-winning friend Emma Jackman from Conscious Chocolate, and oddly enough it was another Emma who sent me a couple of bars to review. Spooky huh?
The ingredients are remarkably similar to Conscious’ dark chocolate – all natural, all healthy, all yummy – but the bars are somewhat larger, and as you can see, they come hand wrapped in sellophane.
In a little experiment, I tasted this bar on it’s own with a clean palate (and thoroughly enjoyed it) and than after I’ been eating ‘ordinary’ chocolate (well, as ordinary as a posh choc lover can get!). The second time of tasting was quite remarkable. Having eaten some ‘normal’ chocolate, the difference in texture and flavour was immediately noticeable. This raw chocolate melts incredibly quickly and has a slightly grainy texture. The flavours are bittersweet, rich and dark, with good citrussy top notes and an underlying butter and dark cocoa taste. It’s remarkable how clean the palate is after a taste of this stuff. It disappears almost completely, leaving the mouth feeling fresh and without any feeling of ‘coating’ that you sometimes find with other forms of chocolate.
I still say that this is an acquired taste. It’s very different from chocolate as we tend to perceive it, but in a really interesting way. Also, bear in mind that raw chocolate like this is actually good for you. Organic, pure raw ingredients not only taste great, they are incredibly healthy as well. Win-win!
As ever, handmade, small batch, organic, raw products like this come at a premium. Having said that, I’m willing to bet that eating something like this twice a day could impart some serious health benefits.
I’d recommend trying this. It’s odd at first but every time I eat raw chocolate I definitely feel as though I’ve ingested something that’s doing me some good. Give it a go and support your local chocolate weavers!