Updated! After over a decade of trialing thousands of new products for Go Dairy Free, I can attest that many are quite good, but few make me want to run to the store. Taza Chocolate is in that elite group.
In fact, I’m updating this review because I spotted Taza Chocolate on sale and couldn’t resist picking up a couple new flavors, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Unlike other chocolate on the market, Taza Chocolate Mexicano Discs are stone ground with Oaxacan stone mills rather than steel refiners. The company’s technique uses minimal processing to keep the cacao “raw” and to protect its pure goodness. The result is chocolate with simple ingredients, but flavors that are quite complex and a consistency that has “true grit”, as they say. I literally heard my taste buds proclaim a little “wow,” upon first bite as my brain registered commentary like “unique, amazing, and wondrous!” The chocolate itself has sweet, rich, fruity notes that are complimented by the lightly coarse grind, which dissolves with each bite like rough coconut sugar. As for the flavors, I’ve purchased the following Taza Chocolate Mexicano Discs to date:
Salted Almond – Though I’ve never been a huge fruit with chocolate fan, I find the fruitiness in this Taza Chocolate incredibly addictive. The bits of nuttiness are complimentary while the salt is gentle, rather than a punch in the face like some salted chocolates, and pumps up the flavor a notch.
Vanilla – At first, the fruity undertones of the chocolate emerge and almost overpower, but it melts away into a gritty, warm vanilla that dances with the bold cacao and lingers as a wonderful aftertaste.
Spiked Eggnog – This was my most recent seasonal splurge, and is the one shown here (new pictures!). It’s the sweetest of the discs that I’ve tried with a definite eggnog meets chocolate flavor. The rum extract is a great way to give it that edge without adding alcohol and the spices are ever-present, particularly in the aftertaste.
Chipotle Chili – It has many similarities with the Salted Almond but is a touch smoother and a less sweet, but still without bitterness. Of course, it has a good dose of spice and heat that really sneaks up on you!
Supposedly Taza Chocolate is ideal for making hot chocolate, too, but not a single wedge of these discs has yet to make it into steaming hot water or almond milk in my home. I eat them all as is, one delicious nibble at a time.
Certifications: Taza Chocolate Mexican Discs are Certified Organic, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Kosher Pareve, Direct Trade Certified, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Taza Chocolate is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. 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 Taza Chocolate at www.tazachocolate.com.