Raaka Raw Chocolate - Maple & NibsRaaka
Raaka combines maple sugar and unroasted cacao for a rich, warm duo with deep fudge flavor. Toasted nibs add an addictive crunch. This bar reminds us of a pecan brownie. Pair it with a coffee or a good glass of whatever milk we're all drinking these days.
Blend: ESCO Kivu, Eastern Congo & Öko Caribe Cooperative, Dominican Republic
Organic cacao beans, organic maple sugar, organic cacao butter
The word "raaka "is Finnish and it means "raw". Despite the name, the company doesn't have any Finnish origins or connections, but the cadence of the word and its meaning capture the essence of chocolate and the process of it's making. When Raaka's people make chocolate they're after something that feels the way Raaka sounds: strong, wild, playful, and most of all, different.
It was a very rich and deep flavour, I loved the crunch of the nibs to help balance the intensity of the chocolate. It was a bit too acidic (sourish) for me but I liked the bar overall.