Disclaimer: I love mint and chocolate, so I’m predisposed to liking all but the worst renditions of this combo. I’m not sure what’s so alluring about mint, though herbal lore says it’s a refreshing pick-me-up, enhances concentration, focus, and attention. I think it just tastes great, especially with chocolate as a foil.
The chocolate buyer at my local food co-op recommended this organic, fair trade bar with chocolate sourced from the Dominican Republic. It is very good. My only quibble is with the tempering: not as snappy as I like it. But, that’s probably because of all the little crunchy mint bits. Regardless, the bar is delicious enough to make me forget about the tempering as I sit here scarfing down one square after another.
Equal Exchange’s Mint Chocolate is sweeter than my usual picks, with 17 grams of sugar in a 40 g portion. That would ordinarily be a deterrent; but, here it adds to the experience. If you’ve tried Pure Dark’s bar with nibs and sugar crystals, you have some idea of the texture here: crunchy, almost chewy, and very earthy.
It’s easily available everywhere, and from the people at Equal Exchange for fundraising purposes. I would buy it again in a minute.