With the rare recipes your Chocolate Priestess shares, you hopefully have noticed that we do some things in my house that are because of health concerns. I grew up with a mother always in poor health and I have high risk factors from my genes alone. I try to feed us healthy but there is one thing I've learned in four plus decades: Healthy has to taste good or no one will eat it. This is especially true when it comes to Chocolate. Cacao itself, very dark Chocolate is actually healthy in moderation. It's the things we add to it -- animal fats, unnecessary plant fats, artificial flavors, added candies or over processed flour and too much sugar that can make it unhealthy even in small doses. Thus when we have the opportunity to reveal some healthy chocolate to you, we jump at that chance. The following potential Saturday Sacrament was eaten some time ago, during the period the creator, Healthy Chocolate, said was it's best to eat even though we knew this post itself would be some time in coming because of holiday schedules and earlier received Offerings. In other words, as often happens here, we pre-wrote this review. We stand by our experiences with this product, as volunteers on The Chocolate Cult, and while we have tried to be objective in our descriptions, we will make a declaration as to whether or not this product fits into the lives of anyone following our Path of Moderation and Purposefulness with Great Chocolate.
website raves about as a very healthy chocolate and new way to introduce healthy supplements into your diet. There are five herbs listed on the website along with organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter, Xylitol, Organic Vanilla Extract and Organic Lecithin. Organics sound good and we've had both bad and good experiences with organic products here on The Chocolate Cult. cocoa liquor is just another name for chocolate liquor which is more common on packaging. But Xylitol? That's a type of sugar alcohol and it may be the reason for the rest of this review you will read. The Assorted Flavors bags we were sent had six colors of wrappers and six flavors; no information is given on the bags or the website about these flavors however.
Before we begin let me say that I shared these with over a dozen other people, including five of our six Acolytes and a variety of friends and family all of whom were willing to give me their opinions. All of them agree with the final conclusions of this featured review if individual descriptions of the flavors varied. Since I don't know what the colors are supposed to represent (there was no information on the bags, the wrappers or the website), you'll have to go with my attempts to describe what I tasted and smelled. I'll label them by color.
The Orange wrapper covered a very strongly scented chocolate that was almost a blood orange in the intensity and darkness of the citrus fragrance I smelled as soon as I opened it. It had a light citrus flavor with a bit of tang to it that turned to the cooling sensation and then the bitter sourness that also seemed a bit burnt in some fashion this time. Very odd and very disappointing.
I really wanted to love Healthy Chocolate's products. Everyone who tried it, really hoped it would be the only healthy treat we received so far on The Chocolate Cult that would win our approval. So far no so-called "healthy" chocolate has lived up to its promises and sadly this fell farther from the claims than most. The strange cooling sensation with the bitter sour flavor was common to every variety regardless of what it was. Either this was the herbs or it was the Xylitol we were all tasting and it was horrible. It is a common problem with sugar alcohols that they do indeed taste different from plain old sugar but this was extreme in the poor taste department. With over a dozen tasters agreeing with my initial assessment, I have to declare this product unworthy for The Chocolate Cult. Herbs or not, low on sugar or not, if it tastes bad, it is not a healthy substitute for anything, especially our Sacred Substance.
If you want to try these yourself please try only one to see if you also do not like the taste. The claims on these bags and their website says that this product is part of the "Women Legislators Healthy America Campaign" but I looked into that claim by emailing the group and they did confirm the connection nor did the "Women Legislators" list Healthy Chocolate as one of their connections. Over all a deeply disappointing chocolate.