Became a fan of Raaka Chocolate after trying two bars. Went down a spiral and purchased four more bars, including some from the limited Cane Sugar Free Collection and First Nibs.
70% Cacao & Coconut Swirl (Limited Cane Sugar Free Collection)
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cacao butter, organic coconut sugar, organic toasted coconut, organic sunflower lecithin, sea salt, organic vanilla
This is a bit more malleable and delicate compared to their other flavors. When dissecting the bar, there’s hardly a noise. It’s smooth and rich when it melting in your mouth, but holds structure. The flavor is slightly fruity with raspberry-like notes (presumably from the 70% cacao side), but mixed with faint caramel-like coconut. I normally dislike any white chocolate, but this is comparatively less sweet (and tastier) by miles. After a while, this bar was smudging on my fingers (particularly the coconut swirl), started tasting more uniform, and got a bit too milky for my preference. However, it was still very delicious, and not overly sweet at all considering a 54% cacao bar.
Oat Milk (Limited Cane Sugar Free Collection)
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic maple sugar, organic oat flour, organic coconut, organic cacao butter, organic vanilla bean
This is a touch more soft compared to their other flavors. When dissecting the bar, the noise is mildly softened. It’s very smooth when melting in your mouth, but holds shape. Wow–fruity! The flavor unapologetically unravels. There’s initially a suggestion of oat, and then it develops into Raaka’s signature bold chocolate. Not sure I’d be able to guess this was an oat flavor honestly, but I was personally surprised to enjoy such gallant chocolate. Milkier than I’m used to, but really didn’t mind the 58% cacao. Excellent bar.
Earl Grey (Limited First Nibs)
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic earl grey tea, organic orange peel, organic vanilla, blue cornflowers
This cacao percentage is more along their usual suspects which has an audible breakage, and feels solid. The texture is decadently smooth and again, has the signature fruity Raaka flavor (particularly bars with cacao origins form CAC Pangoa, Peru). The berry-like flavor develops into a tangy citrus from the orange peel. It really does taste exactly as you’d hope an earl grey chocolate bar would. It’s a limited bar, but hopefully they run this again.
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic yacón root, organic cacao butter, organic vanilla bean
Lastly, their bold 79% bar that’s only sweetened with a root vegetable. This one is part of their line-up and can be found (slightly) easier. It’s solid, but velvety with body. There’s bitterness with tame tang, which develops into a burnt-like flavor somewhere in the middle. It finishes off with a bright and tangy ever-so-slightly sweet note. I have no reference to what a yacón root tastes like, but safely would think this bar is NOT for the average consumer. It’s demanding and one must sit down to appreciate it’s unique beauty. Because of it’s intensity, I personally enjoy this in small portions while closing my eyes to experience each layer.
They’re normally marked at $6 per bar, although you can save a dollar each if you buy them in packs online through their website or Amazon. This chocolate ain’t cheap, but neither is the quality. Each bar really has a distinct character that goes beyond differentiating toppings. The only downside is after eating so much Raaka Chocolate, I’ve felt like a snob to other chocolate products 😦