REVIEW: Alter Eco Quinoa Dark Chocolate

DISCLAIMER: This product was purchased by the blogger. Neetzy.com received NO compensation from Alter Eco for this review. This review does not represent medical or professional advice, it is an opinion only. Photographs may not depict the exact color of the product.

MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCT

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  • contains 60% cacao
  • made in Switzerland of Ecuadorian dark chocolate
  • certified fair-trade chocolate
  • certified organic product
  • vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, soy, artificial flavors, and emulsifiers
  • chocolate is processed using the Swiss traditional method
  • “Light and crispy, an artisan update on a nostalgic childhood treat”
  • “Raw cane sugar and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean finish a classic recipe with pure flavor”

THE REVIEW

TEXTURE

  • very hard and dense (difficult to break into squares)
  • quinoa crisps add crunchiness
  • top portion of bar is solid chocolate, bottom portion contains quinoa crisps
  • made from 6 ingredients (no emulsifiers)
  • therefore, texture is basically a combination of cocoa, sugar, and cocoa butter
  • feels like biting into dense, hard cacao nibs (but less brittle due to the sugar and cocoa butter)
  • about 25% of product is quinoa crisps

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FLAVOR

  • tastes darker than 60% cacao (really rich)
  • amicable bitter and sour flavor
  • minimal sweetness (contains 4 g of sugar per square)
  • sweetness is just enough to offset some of the bitterness/sourness of the cacao
  • quinoa doesn’t contribute much taste, just texture
  • can’t taste vanilla beans
  • YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PRODUCT IF:

    • you enjoy really dark chocolate with just a touch of sweetness
    • you want something crunchy in your chocolate that doesn’t take away from the cacao flavor
    • you like pure, dense chocolate without fillers

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    NEETZY’S COMMENTS

    neetzy-alter-eco-quinao-dark-chocolate-review-7While this chocolate bar was dark and decadent, I’m not a huge fan of really dark-tasting chocolate. I also prefer a little more sweetness in my chocolate.

    I was hoping the bar was loaded with quinoa crisps, so I was a little let down that this fair-trade chocolate was mostly cacao.

    For those who rather more chocolate than quinoa – good news! Alter Eco Quinoa Dark Chocolate is more focused on the cacao, which is very tasty and dark, and is of very high quality.

    I have no complaints about the quality of the product – it’s a very pure, tasty chocolate.

    100% ORGANIC & FAIR-TRADE INGREDIENTS

    Cacao beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, quinoa-rice crisps (quinoa, rice and sugar), vanilla beans.

    NOTE: Alter Eco’s website states that each 40-g serving of their chocolate contains about 15-50 mg of caffeine.

    WHERE TO BUY

    I purchased this fair-trade chocolate at my local health food store, Community Natural Foods, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

    Check with your local health food store for this product, or visit the Alter Eco website for stores in your region who carry this product.

    ABOUT ALTER ECO

    Alter Eco is currently based in San Francisco, USA, and is a GHG Protocol 3 Carbon Zero business. Besides fair-trade chocolate, they also produce fair-trade quinoa, rice, and sugar.

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