Everybody loves chocolate, right? It makes a great gift for ourselves and others. With Valentines Day coming up, I am sure we are all going to get our fair share of chocolates and other sweets. Instead of just getting ordinary chocolate, why not try some chocolate, that's richer in taste, and makes an impact on the earth and the lives of others. "How can a chocolate bar do all of that?", you may ask. Madecasse, the only company that makes their chocolate bars entirely in Africa, does by helping the people of Africa and by ensuring a better natural environment in Madagascar.
Did you know that 70% of the world's cocoa comes from Africa, but less than 1% of the chocolate is made there? The entire chocolate bar making process occurring in Africa, helps out the lives of many more than just the farmers. The infographic below explains it better:
I absolutely love what Madecasse is doing and their whole concept. You may be wondering if their chocolate is as good as their cause. I was wondering the same thing, and lucky for me Madecasse sent me a few of their chocolate bars to try out.
These are the goodies that I was sent; 70% Cocoa Bar, Cinnamon & Sakay, and Sea Salt & Nibs full size bars and 3 mini bars in the same flavors for the giveaway.
They also have additional flavors that I didn't get to try, such as Arabica Coffee, Pink Pepper & Citrus, Milk Chocolate, Exotic Pepper, 75% Cocoa, and 80% Cocoa.
I was very impressed with their lovely packaging. The wrappers are made out of a paper that has an eco-friendly look and feel. The graphics are bright and look very authentic to where they came from. Once, you open up the paper envelope that the chocolate is packaged in, you will see that the chocolate itself is wrapped in a shiny gold wrapper that reminded me of a golden ticket. The entire packaging is so special, and perfect for gift giving.
The first chocolate I dove into was the 70% Cocoa. This was the richest and strongest chocolate that my taste buds have ever come in contact to. If you like dark chocolate than you might like this. It definitely has a fine and gourmet taste to it, it's not like any old chocolate bar that you would pick up at the store for your children. Like a great wine, you have to sit back, relax, and detect the subtle flavors of this chocolate. It almost has a fruitiness to it, which I love.
The next bar I tried was the Sea Salt & Nibs. I wasn't sure what to expect with sea salt and chocolate being combined. To my surprise, this flavor was even better than the 70% Cocoa. It wasn't quite as intense as the 70% Cocoa, but it still has a very rich deep flavor to it, that takes getting used to. I love chocolate with a crunchy texture, and the cocoa nibs satisfied just that. The Sea Salt is very subtle and is hard to detect. Thankfully, the salt doesn't overpower the taste of the chocolate bar, but intensifies the complex flavors of the cocoa.
I haven't tried the Cinnamon & Sakay yet. I personally don't like spicy foods, so I am not sure if I will like this bar. It contains a blend of hot chilli peppers and Ceylon cinnamon. It sounds pretty interesting and worth trying. Beware that this is considered to be an intense flavor!