Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cocoa Cravings Giveaway

Today we're going to look at the 71% 50g chocolate bar from Cocoa Cravings, an Illinois company whose products are made in the country of origin, in this case Ecuador.  They claim that these are "Seed to Table Rainforest Beans" and also that these are a "Healthy Way to Indulge" so we'll check those claims out as well in today's Saturday Sacrament.  We are also hosting a giveaway of all three of their bars to one lucky reader.  You have to read through the entire article and then enter at the end of this post.  Read carefully because one of the entries will be a question about this feature article.

The bar itself is 50g and made up of 16 etched out squares so you can eat as much or as little as you want. It has a nice dark color and the top of each square has a s sort of starburst or sunburst on the top of it.  It comes in a paper box but also a silver foil wrapper that takes a bit of effort to open but not that much.  It has a very dark cocoa scent with an undercurrent of sugar cane and double checking the ingredients list I see cocoa powder, cocoa butter, evaporated cane juice, lecithin, and vanilla -- so this is vegan for our readers who need or want this.  The columns and then the individual squares of chocolate snap off easily and with a loud sound.  Each chew makes a snapping sound and the first burst is a light cocoa with increasing intensity with a light floral edge; there is none of the sweetness that I've encountered with other sugar cane dark chocolates that I find distracting.  I let the second square melt in my mouth and as expected it melts very slowly, coating my mouth, and allowing the chocolate's intensity to increase and start a cocoa buzz that has the world seeming brighter to my eyes within seconds.  This is wonderful 71% chocolate, nothing hampering the experience of the rich single-origin chocolate.

The box this bar came in says "Pure Made in Ecuador for Cocoa Cravings" yet the website proclaims that their chocolate is made in Chicago... This is confusing and something the brand should clarify. This bar is made from single-origin Criollo beans, which are a fairly raw species of cocoa bean so you may not have encountered much chocolate out there made from them though we have tested a few brands that use them.  The website lists several organic and fairtrade organizations that this family owned business is a member of in case you want to check that out.

Now for the information you've been waiting for -- how to enter the GIVEAWAY and win 3 Cocoa Cravings chocolate bars.  First, you Must have an address in the lower 48 states to win this giveaway; sorry international readers. Make sure you have a real email address linked to your comment so I can contact you if you win.  Follow the directions from Rafflecopter below.  I will manually check that you have left a comment on this post here so do that before you click the Rafflecopter information saying you have left a comment.  The comment needs to answer a question so be careful when you answer.  You may send a twitter message every day for an extra entry to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If this 71% bar from Cocoa Cravings sound good to you, go check them out. This is a wonderful chocolate bar that you should savor and enjoy.  Made from Criollo beans and definitely dark this is not for folks of common tastes or for most children. Giveaway Update -- our winner did NOT receive the three bars that the company promised.  While I really liked the chocolate, not honoring their promotional agreement makes me think very negatively about Cocoa Cravings.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

2 comments:

Rose-Marie said...

The two countries are USA and Ecuador. This chocolate sounds soo delicious!

Ami Hendrickson said...

Mmmmm! America (by way of IL) & Ecuador for a match made in chocolate heaven.

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