Eating plain cacao, or 99% chocolate, can be too bold and bitter for some people (myself included). This stone ground Taza Chocolate is sweetened with cane sugar, making cacao beans much easier to eat.
This product contains 3 ingredients: organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, and organic coffee beans.
Keep reading this review to find out how this stone ground chocolate compares to traditional chocolate.
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MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCT
- “unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture” – from Taza Chocolate website
- Mexican-style dark chocolate
- made with Direct Trade cacao
- certified gluten-free, Kosher (Pareve), and organic
- vertified non-GMO
- free of dairy and soy
- made in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
- deep black-brown
- sweet, dark chocolate scent
- no noticeable coffee smell
- granular and gritty (due to large crystals of sugar)
- some fine coffee grinds
- sweet due to sugar granules
- dark, with sour notes from cacao and coffee beans
- coffee flavor is subtle
- very little bitterness
- bold flavor from simple, recognizable ingredients
- raw and unprocessed in taste
- tastes much like typical dark chocolate (but less waxy and with more texture)
- slight dark chocolate taste
- some sourness
Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic coffee beans.
Nutritional values per 38-g disc:
12 g Fat (7 g Saturated Fat, 0 g Trans Fat)
0 mg Cholesterol
0 mg Sodium
22 g Carbohydrate (3 g Dietary Fiber, 16 g Sugar)
3 g Protein
6% DV Iron
YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS STONE GROUND CHOCOLATE IF:
- you don’t mind the granular texture of cane sugar (contains large crystals)
- you like the taste of coffee (though the flavor is subtle)
- you are open-minded to a differently textured chocolate
- you want a simpler chocolate product with less ingredients
The ground coffee isn’t immediately noticeable due to the large sugar granules in this stone ground chocolate. I found this chocolate to be more sour than bitter, which might be because of the coffee grinds.
Stone ground chocolate is definitely different than traditional chocolate, though mostly in texture. While Taza Chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa butter (or fillers), it wasn’t as dry as I expected. The ingredients melt in your mouth to make a consistency that’s pretty close to traditional dark chocolate. Chewing the chocolate is perhaps where this product differs most from regular chocolate – it’s grainy, though the cacao beans are very fine. The crystals of sugar make it crunchy.
I liked this product because of it’s simple ingredients, though I have to admit, the texture is something I have to get used to. I wouldn’t say that stone ground is my go-to choice for chocolate, but this product was high-quality in taste, consisted of ingredients I could physically identify, and worth the experience. Definitely a great choice for chocoholics – or anyone – who wants to eat more simply.
WHERE TO BUY TAZA CHOCOLATE
I purchased this Taza Coffee Chocolate from Vitacost.com. If you are in the US, you can purchase directly from the manufacturer’s website, Taza Chocolate.
- founded in 2005 by Alex Whitmore and his wife, Kathleen Fulton
- learned the art of making stone ground chocolate in Oaxaca, Mexico
- the company works directly with cacao farmers, and pays more than the Fair Trade price
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