Friday, October 7, 2011

Spice Up Your Chocolate Life...Aztec-Style!

Do you want to try one of the best spicy chocolate bars on the market? I have tried a lot of spicy chocolate bars in my years of chocolate tasting (and I do mean a LOT) and today I want to share with you my absolute favourite.  It is the Nirvana Organic Chocolate (72%) Spicy Aztec Bar; this morning I am tasting it again (yes, I have tasted this one before...many, many times).

This chocolate is very spicy and has a little bit of crunch. Although it has 72% cocoa solids, it is not too bitter.  Some chocolate bars are all spice, but no sweetness and no chocolate flavour, which just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. This one includes nutmeg and cinnamon, which are a nice complement to the chili pepper.  Overall, the Nirvana Spicy Aztec bar balances chocolate flavour perfectly with firey spice and a hint of nuttiness. (Hmmm...a description of me or of the chocolate?)

The chocolate is not smooth, but that is okay because the spices are causing it to be a bit crumbly, which is masked by the crunchy texture of the almonds. The overall texture is quite nice.

Other things I like about this chocolate bar:  It is made of organic ingredients and it is a full 100 grams, not a fooler like some of those 85 gram bars that are stretched thin to look like a 100 gram bar. What's more, this chocolate bar would make a great hot chocolate.  Just break up half the bar and put it in a mug, cover with 3/4 cup of milk, then microwave on half power for 1 minute and stir well.  There will be almonds bits in the bottom, but what is wrong with a little bonus snack when you finish your hot chocolate?

If you are interested in this chocolate bar, here are all the package details:

Nirvana Organic Chocolate 72% Dark Spicy Aztec Bar
Made in Belgium for Belgium's Best Chocolates, Inc., Wellesley, MA (USA)
http://www.nirvanachocolates.com/
Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic almonds, organic cinnamon, organic nutmeg, organic chili pepper, organic vanilla powder.  May contain traces of nuts and peanuts. Made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts.  Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

I have also tried Nirvana's chocolate truffle collection.  See what I thought at:
http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/nirvana-belgian-chocolates.html

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