Saturday, March 4, 2017

Make Yourself Happy Cookies

Jovial Einkorn Crispy Cookies
Have you heard of Jovial Foods? I hadn't until the very end of 2016 when I was contacted about their products. The good folks from there sent me two of their product to try out, two products but three boxes of each so I had a lot of ways I could test them out. The first of these products I want to share with you all today are their Organic Crispy Cocoa Einkorn Cookies. There are vegan, certified organic by QAI, and contain 20% Fair Trade Certified ingredients. It contains both organic cocoa and organic cocoa extract; yes, there is such a thing as cocoa extract just like there is vanilla extract. The cookies are made in Italy but distributed by Jovial Foods, Inc., that is headquartered in Connecticut. Samples for this product was sent to The Chocolate Cult free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest feature article; no other form of compensation was accepted for today's post.

When I open the box and cut open the plastic bag there is distinct but light cocoa scent that emerges along with a grain scent that is not wheat, rice, nor corn but still grainy.  The cookies look like waffles on one side only and measure 2 inches in diameter and 0.25 inches thick. Three cookies equal a serving with 140 calories made up of 6g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 80mg sodium, 18g carbs, 1g dietary fiber, 6g sugars, 3g protein. Once serving also has a small amount of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. Organic Cocoa is the 6th ingredient on the label with Organic Cocoa Extract the 10th and final ingredient. That's a lot less ingredients than many packaged cookies on the market today all but the salt are marked "organic." If you look on the label you will see "contains wheat" but remember that the claim of Jovial is that this ancient form of wheat does not trigger the same reactions that modern wheat strains do. You'd have to experiment with them to determine that for yourself.

But you want to know how these were when I ate them, right? Biting into one makes a loud crunch and the initial flavor is a light sweet grain with a hint of cocoa. Biting into one didn't cause the cookie to crumble and only small pieces near my bite broke off. Each chew was crunchy and the cocoa flavor built with each so what we want here, chocolate, was the dominant flavor. That really surprised and pleased me. Normally plain cocoa cookies are rather bland but great to be dipped in chocolate or used as a garnish or ground up for crusts but these are tasty on their own.


Of course you can use these cookies in other ways to enhance chocolate even more here are two examples I tried. First with cookies and cream ice cream.


Second with chocolate mousse.... so good with the chocolate mousse!


Given the care, the ingredients, and the taste of these cookies solo these Einkorn Crispy Cookies are one of the rare baked goods we've looked at on The Chocolate Cult that earn a Sacramental Status. If you would like to test what Einkorn can taste like and what type of products it can make, check out jovial foods for yourself. I haven't yet found them in my local stores but I'll keep my eye out for them to appear. For the price and the number of servings this is very reasonably priced even though you may not like ordering online because of shipping costs. If you can, treat these, please. If you have tried them, leave a comment and let me know what you thought about them. Even if you haven't tried them yet, just let me know you read by leaving a commenting of answering the brief survey at the bottom of each post.

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