Nirvana’s 72% dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel was typical in that gentle, easy-to-eat way Belgian chocolate usually is: not acidic, and not too assertive. There wasn’t much snap to the bar, but I think that’s often what happens when they use a thicker mold. I know this may sound like damning with faint praise, but the segments broke nicely. Actually, I like the symmetry of chocolate that separates on its scored lines. Maybe because so much of life is the opposite…. Back to the chocolate. There were no little bits of caramel, or caramel filling; there’s “caramel flavor.” I would have liked to report on that elusive caramel flavor, but I couldn’t have found it if my life depended on it. The salty part was just fine, little sprinkles in every bite, and a nice counterpoint to the creaminess of the chocolate.
At $4.79 for 3.5 ounces it is an affordable organic treat. If you enjoy the surprising taste of salt and chocolate, as I do, you will like this. The chocolate itself isn’t particularly remarkable, but the addition of crunchy sodium chloride crystals makes its worth trying.