I normally taste chocolate for these reviews first thing in the morning before I eat anything, and this time was no different. I set up some space to taste while my pallet came back to life after a deep winter’s sleep. One whiff of this darkest of chocolates and I was immediately awake and hungry. I couldn’t help but to dive into the tasting curious to discover how the bits of dates would enhance the chocolate – would they provide sweetness or just an accent?
Unlike in my previous Antidote Chocolate review, this bar contains no sugar, so it’s in a completely different class of dark, nearly black chocolate bars with only a few peers to keep it company. For that reason, I’ve decided not to give it a numerical score – it just doesn’t equate to most of the other chocolates I’ve reviewed so far. People eat extreme dark bars for many reasons, but for most it’s about a sugar-free healthy experience loaded with antioxidants.
Antidote uses raw organic cacao beans from the Camino Verde farm in Ecuador to make a potent dark chocolate.
Tasting Notes and Review of Antidote Raw 100% Cacao with Dates
WHAT: Antidote Raw 100% Cacao with Bits of Delicate Dates. 65g (2.3 oz). Ingredients: Cacao beans*, dates, cocao butter*. *Certified organic.
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WHEN: November 26, 2015 OVERALL RATING: n/a.
AROMA: Floral and tannic with citrus, green apple, black tea and banana. You can’t escape the nose. It will find you.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Grape skin, tannin, black tea. Starts off slow and flat. You need to do some chewing to develop the range of flavors.
MIDDLE TASTE: Rose, malt, light ham, grape skin, cardamom, olive.
FINISH: Tannin gives way to almonds, walnuts, and more earthy notes like mushroom. The finish is long lasting and less intense than the middle.
TEXTURE: On the crunchy end. Doesn’t melt on the tongue readily.
LAST BITE: What about the dates? Don’t expect the dates to magically turn this bar into candy. It’s not that kind of chocolate. In fact, the dates don’t provide much of a sweetening effect – it’s more like a fruity note singing out from a small rowboat tossed about in a massive sea of cacao. Still, I’m glad they’re there. My only advice for Antidote would be to chop the dates finer and add more of them so they are more like a chorus among the mighty waves of cacao. There may be practical reasons why this is not possible, but it’s an idea worth considering. Or they may feel the bar simply rocks as is.
If you decide to try this bar, like many things in life, clarify your intentions first. Do it because it’s satisfying, healthy, unique and fun. I no longer felt hungry after a 3-4 squares (more than most people will ever need) and broke out from my usual somewhat sugared-up routine. Feels good.
 I paid for this bar myself (not a free sample).