I came home recently to find a box marked “perishable” on my doorstep and whisked it inside. Those of you in Southern Nevada will know that the shipping window for perishables here is very limited and has already passed for 2014 (that is, until November or so rolls around). I was so surprised to find I was the lucky recipient of some unsolicited chocolate!
Just got a box with @PASCHACHOCOLATE inside but no note or information about who it was from. Thank you, mysterious chocolate purveyor!
— Homa S. Woodrum (@woodrumlaw) April 25, 2014
In early 2013 I had read on my friend Colette’s blog Learning to Eat Allergy Free that there was a new allergy friendly chocolate and it was fair trade to boot. I did not find Pascha Chocolate in stores at that point but was the lucky winner of a giveaway hosted by Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free at the end of last year and I loved what I received. I wonder if I got into the system as someone that will gladly consume large quantities of chocolate and when I received the box this past week and realized I never had the chance to write about my take on Pascha Chocolate. It was time to remedy that (see also: Disclosures).
By the way, both Alisa and Colette are taking part in a new spin on ice breaking at this year’s FABlogCon – we are having a morning roundup of Saturday “breakout sessions” that will be limited mostly to groups of 10-15 per topic where you can really get some one on one insight from some brilliant folks. Colette will be offering information on using that fancy DSLR you are scared to switch into manual mode and Alisa is going to be covering monetization across blogging, writing, and magazine platforms. You’ll be able to register for the breakout sessions soon, I am having a hard time deciding which one I want to sit in on so I may claim planner’s privilege and hop in and out of sessions to “see how things are going.”
Ahem. So, what did I receive? Twitter recap to the rescue because most of it is already gone four days later. . .
I even found myself enjoying the coffee variety and I don’t drink or like the aftertaste of actual coffee. The coffee flavor makes me think of my mom. She works nightshifts as a registered nurse (labor and delivery) and has done it for many years so coffee is her mainstay. There’s something comforting about the aroma of coffee and chocolate that says “mom” to me. I wonder if my kids are going to smell frying onions in olive oil as adults and think of me?
The 100% cacao chocolate chips are a wonderful addition and the chips will be coming out later this year. I am so glad to have a 100% alternative to Baker’s chocolate (which is not totally safe for milk allergic families given the “may contain” warnings on the packaging) for baking and cooking). I tried the 100% chips in my vegan chocolate chili recipe (a lot like this recipe, just with chocolate and agave in the mix) yesterday and it was nice to not have to chop chocolate since the chips melted in perfectly.
My favorite of the bars was the 60% with Maca variety and I have to say I like the infused flavors much more than the varieties I’ve tried in the past with Goldenberries or Cacao Nibs (two of the types I received from Alisa’s giveaway, which were very good as well).
The children are not fans of darker chocolates, especially E, but I love seeing allergy friendly chocolate diversifying. Even Pascha Chocolates suggests their 55% bars for the younger set and R did like the 60%. These options are vegan, peanut free, tree nut free, and more with a great texture and taste. Hope to start seeing these in stores locally, be sure to comment if you’ve seen them out and about so I can track some down. Highly recommended.