I have a confession, I’m addicted to World Market. I can’t resist a trip to this eclectic food-lover’s paradise whenever a coupon appears in my inbox – which is all too often! On our most recent venture, we discovered Chocolat Stella.
Chocolat Stella offers a range of interesting dark chocolate bars that are all certified organic, fair trade, and dairy-free by ingredients (the severely milk allergic should take note that they do make milk and white chocolate bars, too, that contain dairy). Though they were on sale for half price, I held myself back and picked just one bar for sampling, and the obvious choice was the Coconut Nectar bar. Though it’s labeled as 62% cacao, I could tell from the ingredients that this variety would have a milky finish.
Indeed, with coconut sugar as the first ingredient, this Chocolat Stella bar had those signature deep, caramel-like flavor nuances. Combined with cacao powder, dairy-free coconut milk powder, coconut butter, cocoa butter and vanilla (no soy lecithin), the consistency was very smooth, a touch softer than your average dark chocolate bar, and somewhat creamy. It wasn’t a milk chocolate bar, nor a pure dark chocolate, but definitely a mellow chocolaty delight worth savoring.
Chocolat Stella is a Swiss chocolate, and from what I can tell, it is pretty readily available in Europe. In North America, I’d look for it in specialty importers like World Market, though they may ship internationally from their website.
Certifications: Chocolat Stella Organic Dark Chocolate Bars are Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chocolat Stella Organic Dark Chocolate Bars appear to be dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian (I was unable to verify ingredients for all online). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Chocolat Stella website at www.swisschocolate.ch.