I was lucky enough to receive a parcel of goods from The Raw Chocolate Co recently; I reviewed their Vanoffe bar a few months ago here. As you may have guessed from their name and if you read the previous review I posted, The Raw Chocolate Co produce raw, vegan, organic chocolate and therefore are catered to the more health conscious, "free-from" market.
I've mentioned my thoughts on these type of products before - I don't actively seek them but if they can stand their own as a good tasting product then I would buy them anyway.
The first products I'm reviewing are their mulberries : Raw Vanoffee and Raw Chocolate.
Raw Vanoffe Mulberries
As I mentioned in the previous review the Vanoffe is meant to be toffee/caramel flavoured, with the addition of the superfood lucuma. Described as "our creamy silky Raw Vanoffee draped over Turkish white Mulberries making a dreamy delicious decadent delight", they sound appetising enough but since I wasn't a huge fan of the Vanoffee chocolate in bar form I was slightly skeptical as to whether I was going to enjoy these.
A light cacao dusting covers the vanoffe coated mulberries, giving them a slightly powdery finish. In all honesty they didn't look massively appetising, unfortunately the wriggly outer appearance of mulberries doesn't do them any favours. However on tasting they are definitely an improvement from the basic Vanoffee bar, due to the addition of the mulberries it stops the eat becoming too sickly, yet still has a pleasant caramel undertone. Again the mulberries also improve the texture as you aren't having to deal with a waxy melt, but instead get to enjoy the chewiness the mulberries offer. Relatively pleasant.
Raw Chocolate Mulberries
With 72% cocoa solids I was expecting to these to be at the other end of the sweetness spectrum compared to the Vanoffee. Described as "chewy, caramelly Turkish mulberries delicately dipped in our glorious Raw chocolate. Dare you share them?" I haven't tried The Raw Chocolate Co's basic raw chocolate so I wasn't sure what to expect.
Unfortunately they look even less appetising than the Vanoffe counterpart, with the raw chocolate coating and darker cacao powder really gripping the wriggly edges of the mulberries. The flavour is a much deeper cocoa flavour but unfortunately for me it just tasted like I was eating a mulberry that had been dipped in cocoa powder, it was ok but it didn't possess any hint of creaminess either in flavour or texture that may have indicated it had been previously coated in chocolate. I most definitely preferred the Vanoffe out of the two.
Ultimately the products definitely do taste like they are "health" products, which is fine if that's what The Raw Chocolate Co are going for, but I wouldn't say that irrespective of their "health" credentials they stood as great tasting products. I would most likely sit these products within a similar range akin to that of Nakd Nibbles, not really a go to "chocolate" product but something I may purchase to snack on now and again or use as a topping.
Taste - 5.7/10 - The Vanoffe was definitely more to my liking, a lightly fruity and sweet caramel flavour. Unfortunately I felt that in the Chocolate version the subtlety of the mulberries was lost.
Texture - 6.5/10 - Chewy mulberries that make for a nice nibbly, moreish snack.
Appearance - 3.0/10 - Sorry but the appearance really isn't all that appetising.
Price - 5.0/10 - £1.49 for a 28g pack is relatively expensive, but is priced in a similar range to that of other health products.
Overall - 5.1/10 - Most definitely a "health snack" as opposed to a great chocolate product.
If you're vegan or looking for a raw chocolate product then these would make a nice snack alternative sweet snack.
WHERE TO BUY?
They can be purchased from various health food shops or online from The Raw Chocolate Co here.