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March 14, 2014

Yes Cacao

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I was recently sent some chocolate bars by Yes Cacao so that I could try them and post a review.  Yes Cacao is quite a bit different from your usual chocolate bar maker in that their chocolate is not roasted.  In addition, they add "functional medicine" to their chocolate in the form of herbs, extracts and other super-foods.

I sampled all three bars and I have to say that they are very different from other chocolate:

Karma Mellowl -- They call this golden chocolate, and as you can see from the photo it is quite golden in color.  This was a very mildly flavored bar with an herbal flavor up front and bitter spiciness in the finish.  The texture was quite grainy and softer than I expected.  This was probably my least favorite of the three.

Gaba Baba -- This bar was more like chocolate for me with a firm texture that was dry but melted more smoothly.  The flavor here is rich and buttery with a bit of a caramel flavor and a hint of fruit that almost reminded me of bubble gum.

Dirty -- This bar was almost crumbly, with a slightly gritty texture.  I would say this was the closest to a dark chocolate bar, but with the bracing flavor of mint and anise.  In fact, the bar contains both peppermint and fennel.  This was the most refreshing of the bars with an interesting and subtle flavor.

I'm glad I had a chance to try these bars. They are soy, dairy and gluten free and contain no refined sugar which definitely puts them on the healthy end of the spectrum.  I think my favorite was the Gaba Baba, but the Dirty bar would be nice to cleanse the palate. If you are looking for something different, give Yes Cacao a try!

March 10, 2014

Organic Andy's Dandy Candy -- Amy's Crunchy English Toffee with Almonds in Dark Chocolate

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Today I want to talk about Organic Andy's Dandy Candy -- Amy's Crunchy English Toffee with Almonds in Dark Chocolate. What a mouthfull!

Amy's has a new line of candy bars -- many of which are gluten free (yea!) and this particular bar is also organic and contains no HFCS, preservatives or GMO's. The ingredient list is short and contains nothing weird, so while this is an indulgence, full of sugar and butter, I feel perfectly fine having it for a special treat.

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I love that this bar is actually two smaller bars, each a nice size for a snack.  The toffee is thick, perfectly crunchy and well flavored. The salty hit is perfect here and the dark chocolate keeps things from being too sweet. I love toffee and have tried many different brands, and I have to say that this ranks right up there at the top.

I'm very much looking forward to trying the other gluten free bars from Amy's -- Chewy and Crispy.