The Chocolate Co Confection Vanoffee

Posted on March 12, 2015 by  Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

I have no idea what a 'confection vanoffee' is but I know I don't like it. 

Some chocolate I try offers 'raisin' notes and I'm quiet happy about that. But this bar appears sans cocoa solids but instead is a combination of cacao buter, raw lucuma, coconut palm sugar and a dash (1.5%) of vanilla. Seeing as I'm generally no fan of white 'chocolate' I was never really going to take to this one. It just goes to show that I shouldn't play 'lucky dip' when I buy raw chocolate to review. 

There are just so many unrecognisable flavours, or at least flavours that don't work together - especially for somebody that has a natural tendency to enjoy fine craft chocolate. There is certainly a market for this sort of chocolate, but I can't see that market patronising this online store. Although, that being said, I'm certainly open to trying their other products.

These last few reviews of raw chocolate goes to show how variable the market is. Not only do we have a vast variety of textures available but also flavours. There is the fine flavour cacao from Forever to chocolate made with cocoa powder and no form of traditional chocolate processes. This isn't to say that their approaches are wrong, just that many of the iterations of 'raw' chocolate aren't suitable for this website. That being said, I do view the 'raw' chocolate market with a degree of depression and negatively. There must be a market for 'raw' chocolate that is closer to traditional chocolate in terms of texture and flavour that Pablo and Big Tree Farms manage to achieve. On a positive note, we avoided stocking chocolate that I doubt we would manage to sell in significant quantities and have found one new maker we would like to stock.

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