You know when you try something that tastes so good you have to double check that it's actually as healthy for you as you first thought? I know, it doesn't happen often, nobody is happy to give up their favourite food for a healthier alternative, but I was really keen to see how Conscious Chocolate could hold up to my chocolate addiction, and whether the healthy, vegan alternative to traditional chocolate could quell that craving in the same way. So, when Conscious offered to send me some of their organic raw chocolate bars, I jumped at the chance to give them a good old college try.
I was most pleased to see just how many different varieties of chocolate bars that conscious offered - they seem to have everything from cranberry to cayenne pepper and to be honest, that's more than I can say for most non-vegan, non-raw chocolate brands to be honest. On top of this, they have great, bright packaging and, although they're in the cardboard boxes that stop the bars being broken, they also have foil packages inside to keep the chocolate fresh. So far, so good.
So what is the flavour like? You know what - it's pretty good! It's pretty close to chocolate - I find the dark chocolate tastes the most "authentic" as you'd expect - and the flavours within the chocolate are a lot more natural than from other chocolate brands so the fruit flavours are strong and fresh. The quality of the chocolate is undeniable - and I'm impressed, but if there's one thing that notably lets it down (although I have to say that I sort of expected it) is the texture.
The texture is powdery and it doesn't have that "snap" that a traditional chocolate bar has, however that's not necessarily a bad thing - it's not unpleasant at all, it just does show a notable difference between traditional dairy chocolate and the organic raw chocolate. Having said that - I have found that the raw chocolate doesn't tend to melt, and it fares much better after being open for a while. It's also nice that they have resealable cardboard packages to keep the chocolate more fresh when I don't want to eat an entire bar of chocolate and I'm about to chuck it back into my bag.
So all in all - I was impressed by conscious chocolate; I'd definitely recommend it and I'd love to hear any thoughts you had about your favourite raw chocolate brands.
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