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Madecasse Chocolate Bars

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there. I’m in love with chocolate and I’m not afraid to admit it! I don’t know if you knew this, but Madecasse makes a line of high quality chocolate bars (most of which are vegan), plus a line of other products like vanilla extract and chocolate discs that I have featured in recipes on this blog. One of the reasons why Madecasse’s chocolates are so tasty is because they are made with heirloom cocoa, known as some of the world’s last genetically pure cocoa. I am so thankful to Madecasse for sending some samples of their products to try out, that I went and purchased a few of their other items. What can I say? I just wanted to give a lot of new chocolate bars a try! Continue reading

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.One of the first flavors that got my attention was the Salted Almond. This bar is made with 63% pure Madagascar cocoa and the full list of ingredients is cocoa beans, almonds, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, sea salt. The bars have a really fancy appearance, with the crushed almonds showing up right on the back outer size. Sea salt, sugar and chocolate make excellent companions in a dessert and this chocolate bar is just further proof of that!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Something that really stood out to me about Madecasse was their story. The founders of the company were Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar, where they became inspired to start making chocolate there. By making the chocolate in Madagascar, they have been able to provide income to its residents while empowering local cocoa farmers. Through sustainable cocoa farming, the ecosystems of the land have been preserved-and this isn’t something that is common along many famous chocolate companies. You can learn a little more about their awesome story right here.

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Speaking of sea salt…here we have the Sea Salt & Nibs bar. This one is also made with 63% dark chocolate with cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin and sea salt. This is Madecasse’s most popular bar, and I can tell why! Its taste is pretty similar to the Salted Almond bar, until you get to the cacao nibs which add an excellent crunch and a new depth of rich chocolatey flavor. If you aren’t sure which bar to get first…I would highly recommend this one!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Another super tasty bar…the Toasted Coconut. This one has a slightly darker chocolate taste thanks to the 70% cocoa content. However, the tastes are well-balanced between the rich cocoa and the sweet toasted coconut. Even with the coconut flakes on the outside, the inside of this bar is still nice and smooth. Though I love to share my chocolate, this is one of those bars that I would probably keep all to myself!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.The Cinnamon & Chili Pepper was a surprising treat! It has just the right amount of “kick” to it, and the little pieces made it a lot more manageable in terms of spiciness. I’m not sure if Madecasse still sells this bar because it’s not on their website, but I was able to find it from another seller. If you can get your hands on this bar, it’s definitely worth a try!

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.I managed to get my hands on Madecasse’s seasonal bars-including their Winter Spice and Peppermint. Unfortunately these bars melted in the summer heat, so they didn’t photograph that well, but I can assure you that they would’ve looked just as gorgeous as the other bars. I found the Winter Spice a little similar to the Cinnamon & Chili Pepper bar, with a warming cinnamon and chocolate combo. The Peppermint bar, however was the clear winner in my opinion between the two. It didn’t feel out of place for me at all to enjoy the peppermint bar in the middle of the summer because chocolate and mint are delicious all-year-round.

A review of Madecasse Chocolate Bars, vegan high-quality dark chocolate that is sourced sustainably and tastes like no other chocolate out there.Last, but not least…the bar of all bars. 80% Coco is for all those true dark chocolate lovers out there, who like nothing but the best. A warning when it comes to all of these bars…savor them and make them last! These are not the kinds of chocolates that you eat all at once. The flavors are all so rich that even the smallest of bites is enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings. 

Now, are you curious where to get some of these incredible bars for yourself? Check out Madecasse’s website to purchase some of their products. Or…keep your eyes out at your favorite local natural foods market and see if you can find these in the chocolate aisle. The beautiful packaging isn’t easy to miss, and you’ll be glad you don’t have to wait the shipping time. Have you tried Madecasse before? Which flavors are your favorite? Or, which are you just dying to try ASAP?

Maca Chocolate Power Smoothie

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Remember when I said I would do another smoothie with Cocozia’s coconut water? Well, here it is! I was really in the mood for chocolate this time while wanting to keep it on the healthy side. If you didn’t get the chance to read my review on their coconut water, you can check it out here along with a bonus recipe. This smoothie ends up being a potassium packed, energizing and hydrating drink all in one. It’s perfect for either after your workout, or if you’re looking for a filling but still healthy chocolate treat during the day. Continue reading

Coracao Confections Almond Butter and Nib Spread
This is another smoothie using Sprout Living’s EPIC Chocolate Maca Protein. I am obsessed with adding this to smoothies for that malty cocoa taste it adds. This protein is raw, organic, and made with sprouted brown rice. I find that it digests really easily and it’s a great coffee-free energy boost in the morning.

I also got the chance to try out Coracao Confection’s decadent Rawmond & Nibs Spread in this recipe. Coracao sells a wide variety of excellent, healthy chocolates that you can tell are made with nothing but love. The ingredients in here include raw almond butter, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, cacao butter, maca, and Himalayan pink salt. It’s great on its own, but I love adding it to a smoothie to give it a more rich taste. Plus I can’t complain about the added protein and healthy fats. I’ll be doing a review sometime in the new year featuring Coracao’s chocolates, truffles and other products so stay tuned! 

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What I really love about this smoothie is that it’s actually a great recovery drink after exercise, or if you wake up needing an extra boost of energy (without the coffee). The coconut water is rich in electrolytes to help with muscle cramping I find that it’s perfect to enjoy during the holidays in place of indulging on vegan chocolates, cookies and cake (although everything in moderation is fine in my book). You can absolutely try some variations on this smoothie, such as using peanut butter instead of the almond butter or even raw cashews or almonds to make your own milk in the blender. Next time, I will definitely add some mint extract to make it more festive!

Maca Chocolate Power Smoothie
Serves 1
A potassium-rich, energizing smoothie with a boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut water
  2. splash almond/flax milk
  3. heaping tbs Coracao Confections Rawmond & Cacao spread (can sub for raw almond/other nut butter and cacao nibs)
  4. dash of cinnamon
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1 pitted date, soaked
  7. 1 frozen banana
  8. 2 scoops maca chocolate protein powder
  9. ice
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the coconut water, non-dairy milk and almond butter into the blender and mix until you get a smooth, milky consistency.
  2. 2. Add the pitted date, cinnamon, salt, protein powder, banana and ice and blend until well-mixed.
  3. 3. Add additional ice or sweetener if needed, pour into a glass and enjoy!
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NibMor – Organic Drinking Cocoa

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There really is nothing as comforting as a nice cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. Although it can be really difficult to find hot chocolate mixes out there that are vegan and good for you. That’s where NibMor comes in! With different flavors that are all organic, fair trade and obviously delicious. All you need is a packet of the mix and non-dairy milk of your choice.

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The Traditional flavor is just that. A perfectly balanced original hot cocoa without any strange flavorings and literally only a couple of ingredients. NibMor actually uses a coconut palm sugar so it’s low-glycemic if that is a concern to you. It’s also good for when you want to have some hot chocolate before bed without it causing a spike in your blood sugar.

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The mint had a natural tasting flavor that I really enjoyed. I don’t like a lot of those overpowering artificial “mint” flavors that some mixes can have. This was just perfect with some Dandies mini marshmallows!

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I was really hesitant to try the 6 Spice because I’ve heard some not-so-great reviews on it. However, I was really pleasantly surprised! This tasted like the traditional mix with just a kick from the spice. Think of a Mexican hot chocolate-type of cocoa and spice. This went really nicely with these Sweet and Sara Cinnamon Pecan marshmallows.