Simply put, Simple Truth is your source for pretty good organic chocolate. Their coconut bar delivers on soft, slightly bittersweet milk chocolate, but…
Alter Eco, like Endangered Species, is an environmentally-conscious chocolate company, and I give their Deep Dark Blackout bar a four. Are you surprised? You’re not. It’s chocolate, it’s dark, it’s good, and I dig it.
Endangered Species is a perennial favorite around here. They source their chocolate through sustainable, fair-trade, slavery-free providers. They give 10% of profits to organizations promoting conservation through their GiveBack Partner program. And of course they offer tasty bars that deliver the value, or else we’d be leaning toward other slavery-free chocolate brands. We like what they’re doing with their fancy flavors. But how do they do with straightforward dark chocolate?
So, we’ve learned that Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic chocolate brand can do funky superfood-infused chocolate. But can they do straight-up dark chocolate? The answer is a resounding “technically, yes.”
Our magical journey into Kroger’s magical journey into the world of organic fair-trade chocolate continues with their Simple Truth baobab dark chocolate bar. What is a baobab? It’s a thick-trunked tree that you can find in the southern hemisphere, whose fruit sun-dries naturally on the branch and–in chocolate–is God’s uncontested greatest gift to the human tongue.
Our tour of Kroger’s Simple Truth chocolate continues with their maca dark chocolate bar. What is maca? It’s a plant from the Andes whose root can be powdered and used as an herbal supplement, and which is evidently great in chocolate.
Can Kroger step with the big boys of fair-trade chocolate? Last week they had a buy-four-at-$1.79-each sale on their Simple Truth Organic label chocolate, and I couldn’t pass up a deal like that, so we’re about to find out.
Vosges knows how to make a good chocolate. If they can make me, a not-especially-caramel guy, say to himself, “Man, that’s some good caramel,” they’ve got to be doing something right. Their dulce de leche bar here has a firm outside and gooey caramel center, providing a tasty texture change-up. There’s a bit of a dark, salty bite to it, but more than anything it’s just a sweet, milky bar. It’s enjoyable, luxurious, and it goes down easy.
There’s a story behind this bar. Awhile ago, I swung by Kroger with my Plan X Media partner-in-ministry, Ash Green, to restock my chocolate supply. The standard price for the Vosges caramel bar you see above was $5.49, and while I like caramel well enough, I prefer straight-up dark chocolate, so I normally wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But, as Ash pointed out, the bar was on sale for $2.79, an absolutely crazy markdown. He talked me into grabbing the Vosges bar on sale, and I’m glad he did. This is the good stuff.