Before I begin, I want to thank Chokospice for their generosity in sending me these bars! I had heard of them on Instagram and this was a great opportunity to taste some of their chocolate. If you are interested in trying their products and you live near the Washington, D.C. area, you should attend the D.C. Chocolate Festival on May 4 where you can say hello to Chokospice and grab some bars for yourself!
If you hadn’t heard of Chokospice before, they are a chocolate maker based out of Worcester, MA. I’m happy to hear of more bean-to-bar businesses coming out of beautiful Massachusetts! I like how Chokospice understands that the craft chocolate business is quickly becoming competitive and have already thought of a way to make themselves unique. Just by looking at their product lineup they have very interesting spice inclusion combinations that set them apart from other businesses. I chose to try their Spicy Cardamom & Apricots bar for this reason.
The back of the Spicy Cardamom & Apricots bar is beautifully sprinkled with spices and dried apricots. Besides cardamom and apricots the ingredients list includes Guatemalan cacao beans and coconut sugar. The cardamom scent is the strongest with some subtle coconut from the sugar. I immediately tasted cardamom and, as the description on the packaging said, there was some cool mintiness. The apricots gave a satisfying chewy texture and punch of fruitiness. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices to enjoy in chocolate and since I also love fruity flavors in chocolate, this one is a winner!
Another huge favorite inclusion of mine is matcha in chocolate. I was happy to see that Chokospice used a 50% cocoa bar to pair with the matcha. Since matcha in itself is bitter, sometimes having it in a 70% or higher cocoa content bar is too bitter for my taste buds. The matcha bar was also created using Guatemalan cacao beans and coconut sugar. The back of the bar showed a bold stripe of matcha powder and I enjoyed inhaling the earthy scent of the matcha. While I tasted the matcha and some nuttiness from the chocolate itself, the coconut sugar gave a nice amount of overall sweetness and subtle fruitiness.
I really enjoyed both Chokospice bars and I would recommend them if you also like cardamom, fruity flavors and matcha in your chocolate! I’ll also be stopping by to say hello to Chokospice during the D.C. Chocolate Festival to try more of their products like their Bergamont and Matcha & Goji bars. If you want to learn more about their story, head to their website here where it all began with a 1950s cookbook. We’ll need to keep an eye on them since it looks like there will be new products to come!
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