This Organic Mate Dark Chocolate infuses the herbal flavors of our specialty yerba mate tea with the bitter sweetness of our 72% cacao dark chocolate, creating a luxurious bar that boasts a delightfully mouth-watering range of both oral and aromatic qualities. While the bar effortlessly achieves the robust flavors and rich mouth feel that dark chocolate lovers covet, the truly unique quality of this bar, is that it is able to simultaneously taunt your taste buds with the notes of mellow sweetness that dark blends so often lack. This novel flavor profile is due to the delicate infusion of the South American loved yerba mate tea lending floral notes similar to a perfectly crafted cup of green tea, which is then topped off with the spicy sweetness of our crushed star anise. While these infusions contribute a variety of subtle flavors and fleeting sweet notes, they are far from dominating the intense bitterness of the cacao, meaning this is still a bar best fit for lovers of truly dark chocolate.
Handcrafted by our master chocolatier using only the finest organic cocoa beans, our chocolates strive to exceed the highest expectations in both quality and taste. We believe that the genuine flavor of the cocoa is what‰۪s important, so we keep our ingredients simple: a rich blend of unsweetened chocolate and cocoa fat, a touch of sweetness from pure organic cane sugar, and‰ÛÓin the case of our milk chocolates‰ÛÓwhole milk to create a silky mouth feel. These simple ingredients are then delicately infused with our own spices and herbs to create a uniquely irresistible taste. The resulting melt-in-your-mouth creations boast the perfect gourmet texture, a rich taste of cocoa, and a variety of complex flavor profiles that promise to satisfy both dedicated connoisseurs and periodic indulgers.
Chocolate, as we know it, is derived from the fatty seeds of the cocoa tree, native to Central and South America. Traditionally made into a bitter drink and celebrated by the Aztecs for its rich taste and medicinal properties, these seeds have played a role in Latin American cultures for thousands of years‰ÛÓwith its name literally translating to ‰ÛÏfood of the gods‰. Around 1500AD, European explorers began transporting cocoa beans back to Europe, where they soon took hold amongst the upper class. Over the years, the supplies and popularity of this divine fruit continued to increase, allowing it to spread its powerfully-delicious reach to almost every corner of the world.
The many health benefits that have now become associated with cocoa are due to its abundant load of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants‰ÛÓwith studies linking moderate cocoa consumption to a variety of benefits, ranging from increasing cardiovascular health to helping control blood pressure.
With a cocoa content of 72%, this bar boasts an intensely-orchestrated symphony of bitter notes, which is only ever so-slightly tinted with the aromatic and floral essence of the yerba mate tea and star anise infusion. As such, when looking to pair this chocolate you can either look to accentuate its natural bitterness, or compliment it. If you're the kind of person who truly embraces the robust and powerful flavors of dark chocolate, try enhancing the flavor by pairing it with a texture alteration such as roasted nuts, or a flavor intensifier such as the spiciness of a dirty chai latte. If looking to offset the slight bitterness of the bar, try complimenting the flavors by enjoying it with the sweetness of a whip cream topped cappuccino or a medley of your favorite dried fruits.
Ingredients: Organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa fat, organic Yerba Mate tea, organic star anise, organic cocoa nibs, and organic vanilla extract. All natural soy lecithin added as emulsifier.
May contain traces of milk, peanuts and/or other nuts. Organic, Gluten Free
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All of our methods, are completely compatible with the full USDA Organic standard, while managing to meet - or surpass - strict FDA regulated safety standards. Our key technologies include: Steam Treated Spice, Steam Treated Spices.