Friday, October 21, 2011
My raw chocolate bar crawl continues with Gnosis Chocolate. Once you discover the intensity of raw chocolate, regular chocolate does not compare. Which is why I will seek out raw chocolate wherever I can and a trip to New York always results in me dragging whoever I'm with to Organic Avenue for the next chocolate haul.
Gnosis Chocolate was next...thankfully the bars are now available at Essene here in Philadelphia in several flavors. At $8.99 a bar, I chose one to sample, the Fleur de Sel. I should have grabbed one of each, because this is highly comparable to Fine & Raw's smooth, mouth-melting, nuggets of pure cacao. Blissful and energizing.
Gnosis bills itself as "The World's Most Nutritious Chocolate", certified organic, and free of refined sugar, cholesterol, gluten, dairy, and soy. Each bar is made by hand without machines and packaged in recycled boxes with biodegradable wrappers.
Ingredients for Fleur de Sel: Cacao Beans, Agave Nectar, Blue-Green Algae, Fleur de Sel Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, Love. (No really, love was in there).
Obviously I have 13 different types of salt in my cupboard and not one of them is table salt, because I'm ridiculous and that's why we're here. So of course I was going to love the crunches of salt found throughout this bar. The Blue-Green algae, welcome, but I did not taste that. I'd say this was certainly smokier and more bitter than the Fine & Raw brand, with a coffee aftertaste that was not unpleasant.
The fine thing about Gnosis is the smooth "cream" of the chocolate that makes it taste fresh and truffle-like. Imagine you were eating a deep dark chocolate truffle and then put it in bar form. So rich and decadent, and quite beneficial to your health and mood. This ranked high with me. And I probably mean high.
Please still like me after I confess this. See, I have really great portion control and I'm able to take rich things like chocolate bars and make them last...at least a few days. Good thing the Gnosis bars are only 2 ounces because it disappeared in a single afternoon.
Fine & Raw (the cacao and coconut chunky bonbon) will always be a loved brand in this house, but Gnosis is welcome any time...