Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Chilli Pie - Raw Chocolate

Rather late in the day I know, but I loved the wrapper of this so much, it took me a while to get around to eating it. It was actually a Christmas present, but it wasn't until the end of February that I decided to savour the contents. It's a shame I didn't write up about it at the time as recollections are already starting to dim.

There were a few simple ingredients, all raw: Cocoa Nibs (14.2%), Chilli (1.3%), Coconut butter, Agave nectar, Golden raisins, Lucuma powder, Carob flour, Ground almonds. The wrapper proudly states, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Guilt Free - who could resist?

This was very different in texture to any other raw chocolate bars I've tried, which is probably why they've called it a pie.  There was a nice crunch of cocoa nibs and I could taste the carob - it was quite delicious. Like all delicious things, it was over far too soon. A word of warning, however: you need to be a chilli lover to enjoy this particular bar, oops pie, as it's very hot. As a chilli lover, I did.

Handmade in St Ives, Cornwall by Living Food, this bar and other flavours actually are available at our very own Taste Cornwall in Liskeard.

15 comments:

  1. Ooooh, this looks amazing! I just love raw cacao nibs - sprinkled over vanilla yogurt, they are my current favorite "healthy" dessert... :-)

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  2. I must try raw chocolate. It looks like a hefty slice of pie!

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  3. This sounds amazing - but how can it be called sugar-free when it adds agave nectar?

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  4. Astra Libris - I have cocoa nibs in muesli but not yet over yogurt. Sounds like a nice idea.

    Kath - it was only 60g so not that hefty, but it was quite dense and chunky and a little went a long way.

    Suelle - you are probably right. There is some controversy over this and agave syrup may well have high amounts of fructose in it. Here's one person's opinion - http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

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  5. Looks like a really interesting chocolate product. I must try raw chocolate and generally be more adventurous in my chocolate eating - I tend to stick to my favourite brands and bars...

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  6. I am sure it was good - because you said so - but nothing like as attractive as the chocolate creations from your own kitchen

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  7. C - think how many future favourites might be out there waiting to be discovered ;-)

    Oxslip - now you are flattering me. Appreciated, if not believed, thanks.

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  8. This looks good to me Choclette, even the packaging. I'd love to get my hands on a bar and try some one day as I've never had raw chocolate.

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  9. How interesting, I've never come across one before.

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  10. As a chili lover I have a soft spot for chili chocolate, but have never tried it in the raw. Interesting use of agave and raisins in this chocolate. I imagine it adds a bit of pruney-ness to the flavour? Which to me is a good thing! :)

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  11. MangoCheeks - I love the wrapper too. Raw chocolate is certainly worth trying if you can get your hands on some. I would imagine health food shops or wholefood shops might sell it.

    Baking Addict - it's a very different beast to ordinary chocolate but worth trying.

    Monica - yes you're right, it did have a certain pruney quality. I'm a big fan of chilli and have really taken to it in chocolate.

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  12. Now that is something I would love to try... I shall try and get some - it sounds delicious!

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  13. Wendy - it's not only delicious, but also not bad for you - win win ;-)

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  14. I can't imagine whether this tastes nice or not! I do like chillis but it sounds too hot for me.

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  15. Never had or heard of raw chocolate, but with chillis sounds amazing!

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