Zimt Chocolate Bars: Artisan, Organic and Refined Sugar Free

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Version:
Original (70%), Sweet Orange Nib'd,
Price:
$5 per 1.41-ounce bar

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On April 10, 2016
Last modified:February 4, 2017

Summary:

Surprisingly smooth in both consistency and flavor, it's hard to believe that these 70% cacao bars are sweetened purely with coconut sugar and contain not a drop of emulsifier. The Original is a rich chocoholics dream while the other varieties add significant interest well beyond simple extract flavoring. I don't usually knock off a star solely for price, but must forewarn that obtaining these high quality chocolate bars can put a small dent in your pocketbook.

I first stumbled across Zimt Chocolate Bars at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The energetic owner was eager for us to sample her high-quality product, and it turns out she had reason to be zealous.

Zimt Chocolate Bars: Organic, Artisan, Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! The luxuriously smooth 70% cacao chocolate bars are dairy-free and sweetened with coconut sugar.

Fast forward two years, when I finally obtained two full-size Zimt Chocolate Bars to trial and review (instead of trade show-sized bites!). I had forgotten about the amazing quality of these bars.

Tasting Notes for Zimt Chocolate Bars

Not only are they organic, made with raw ethically-sourced ingredients, and vegan. But Zimt Chocolate Bars are also sweetened purely with coconut sugar.

70% Chocolate

This variety is made only with organic cacao nibs, coconut sugar, and cacao butter – yes, no soy lecithin either! And unlike other brands boasting unrefined sweeteners, Zimt Chocolate Bars are extremely smooth. The 70% had a rich and alluring flavor with coffee-like depth and mellow sweetness that seemed to be void of bitterness. I’d liken it to a “grown-up” chocolate without the harsh bite that is common with many pure chocolate brands.

Sweet Orange Nib’d

This flavor is made with the same 70% cacao base, but it’s enhanced with a warm, orange essence that has hints of zest and a bold cacao nib crunch. There is a lot of good interest going on in this bar.

Zimt Chocolate Bars: Organic, Artisan, Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! The luxuriously smooth 70% cacao chocolate bars are dairy-free and sweetened with coconut sugar.

Salt of the Earth

Leah trialled this flavor:

This flavor is so hard to resist. The salt with the lightly sweet chocolate is so perfectly balanced. It’s rich and smooth like the other bars, but the slight crunch of the sea salt wins me over. It’s such a perfect sweet square for after a meal.

Maple Smoked Salt + Rosemary

Our Canadian taste tester, Leah has had a chance to trial this version as well:

The Salt of the Earth has always been my favourite bar… Until I bit into a square of this Maple Smoked Salt + Rosemary chocolate bar. This flavor is absolutely irresistible. It’s nearly impossible for me to leave a store that sells it without one or two in hand. The flavor combo is so unique and unlike anything else I’ve tasted. The crisp smoked salt with the smooth dark chocolate and the hint of floral rosemary – it’s a game changer!

Availability: For me, the one caveat of Zimt Chocolate Bars is the price. When compared dollar for dollar against other organic, vegan chocolate bars, Zimt is about half the size. And ordering online tacks on a hefty shipping charge. This is a Canadian-based company, and if you are in British Columbia, you can likely find Zimt locally for a special indulgence. I realize that good quality doesn’t come cheap, but considering how easy it is to devour Zimt Chocolate Bars, I do hope that their distribution expands and their price is able to drop a couple of dollars into my personal “worth a treat” budget range. To note, we also spotted Zimt Chocolate Bars on Amazon, where shipping appears to be a bit more cost effective for U.S. customers, and individual bars can be purchased.

The Facts on Zimt Chocolate Bars

Certifications: Zimt Chocolate Bars are Certified Organic and Certified Vegan.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Zimt Chocolate Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo. According to their packaging, they do have many allergens present in their facility, but the facility is free of peanuts and sesame. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Zimt Chocolates website at www.zimtchocolates.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

3 Comments

  1. My favourite chocolate in the world <3 The Salt of the Earth and Maple Smoked Salt & Rosemary flavours have my heart. Love that it's made so close to home too!

  2. Ooooo thank you so much, Alisa!!!! So happy you got the bars and that you love them.

    Ah, yes- we would love to increase our distribution within the next few months- any takers are more than welcome!

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