Pacari Chocolate – a Review and Veganuary Giveaway
Pacari chocolate is a family owned premium organic chocolate brand. All of their products are vegan as well as innovative, ethical and delicious, so the perfect sweet treat for Veganuary. Read on to find out about this awesome chocolate along with some of the latest offerings. There’s also a chance for one lucky reader to win a chocolate bundle – one of each product featured here.
Veganuary Day 22
Veganuary continues apace and I’m still loving it. What a surprise that’s been. I’ve discovered lots of good things and a few not-so-good things, but most of all I’ve been enjoying a wider variety of foods than I normally eat and that’s despite not partaking in any eggs or dairy.
I’m trying to cut down on my sugar consumption and so far this Veganuary, I’ve been doing quite well. Pacari chocolate is rich and dark and I find a little goes a long way. One of their super cute 10g mini bars is enough to satisfy both my chocolate and sugar cravings. I’ve been allowing myself one sweet treat a day and when it’s not been a hot chocolate or a peanut butter banana muffin, it’s been one of these bars or a few squares from the bigger 50g bars.
Aquafaba Macaroon Fail
Yesterday, I had an epic aquafaba fail. I thought I’d be clever and make some macaroons with a piece of pacari chocolate stuffed in the middle. This is the third time I’ve tried to make aquafaba meringue and until my macaroons went into the oven, I thought I was onto a winner this time.
But alas, my macaroons went as flat as a pancake. They merged into one big mass and stuck to the paper so I couldn’t get them off. I baked the second batch at a much lower temperature, but they did exactly the same thing. The bits I could scrape off tasted fantastic, but I don’t think it’s a recipe I can include here on Tin and Thyme.
I finally managed to make meringues. I even have a recipe for it now on the blog, brown sugar aquafaba meringues.
Pacari chocolate is a firm favourite with us. Indeed, CT splashed out and bought me some coffee chocolate from them as a Veganuary treat. The fact that coffee chocolate is his favourite might have had something to do with it. As it happened I was also sent some of their chocolate to review last week. Happy days.
You’ll find some of their latest products featured below and I have one of each to offer up to you lovely lot as a special Veganuary giveaway. Good luck. If you can’t wait, you can buy Pacari chocolate from their online shop.
What makes Pacari chocolate so special?
In Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, pacari means nature, which says a lot about this company and its ethos. It’s a premium organic chocolate brand based in Ecuador. The chocolate is also produced and packaged in Ecuador and it’s made from the cacao beans that are grown there. This makes it a rare tree to bar chocolate and it’s something I thoroughly approve of.
As well as being organic, all Pacari chocolate is vegan, kosher, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free and is also ethically and sustainably produced. Wow! That’s pretty unusual in the chocolate world. So yes, this chocolate may seem expensive, but when you take all this into account, it’s very much worth it.
Most Pacari chocolate is made from Arriba Naciona, which are some of the best cacao beans available. No surprise then that they’ve won numerous awards. Products are innovative and the flavours interesting. I’m in love with the packaging, especially the beautifully coloured and artistic cacao bean which is featured on the inside wrappers.
I have written about Pacari and their chocolate bars extensively in my coffee chocolate chip cookies post. The cookies contain both their coffee and cardamom chocolates.
Drinking Cacao with Ginger
If time is pressing and you don’t want to make my gingerbread syrup, Pacari’s ginger drinking chocolate is for you. Real Ecuadorian Pacari chocolate is ground into powder to ensure it melts into your milk in super fast time. It’s 100% cacao and the only addition is ground ginger. There’s no sugar at all. I’m really happy with this as I’m cutting back on my sugar intake and find it perfectly delicious without any sweetener. You can, of course, add sugar or your preferred sweetener to taste. You can also use the cacao powder to great effect in baking.
Chocolate Covered Banana
Once I started eating these organic chocolate covered banana pieces, there was no stopping me. They are totally scrumptious. Just as well they come in small 57g packs or I would have eaten far more than is good for me. It won a silver in last year’s Chocolate Awards.
50g Flavoured Bars
All Pacari’s flavoured chocolate bars are made with 60% cacao content. They are sweet enough without being sickly and the rich chocolate notes support the array of interesting flavours.
I’ve often found that passionfruit chocolate can be over played. It’s a flavour which I love and it makes the most fabulous passionfruit curd, but added to chocolates, it can taste very artificial. Of course, Pacari use the real fruit in their passion fruit chocolate bar and you can tell, it actually tastes of real passionfruit. It’s delicious and my new favourite flavour.
The lemon verbena bar also tastes amazing. I adore lemon verbena. It has the scent and flavour of lemon sherbet. Lemon verbena is a plant native to South America. We’ve tried to grow it on a number of occasions, but we’ve never managed to get it through the winter. Maybe it was homesick. Now we have a conservatory, we’ll try again. Meanwhile, I’m very happy eating this Pacari chocolate bar where the lemon verbena grew just where it should.
I’m totally in love with Pacari’s super cute mini chocolate bars. They only weigh 10g, but it’s enough chocolate to savour and satisfy in one sitting. This bundle consists of a 70% cacao raw chocolate bar, a 70% cacao single region bar (Piura Quemazón) and a 60% cacao single region bar (Esmeraldas).
The Piura Quemazón is a limited edition chocolate made from an extremely rare bean from Piura in Peru. It’s a real treat for a chocolate connoisseur and needs to be savoured. It’s even won gold at the Chocolate Awards. The Esmeraldas bar has fruity and floral notes which make it ideal for those new to dark chocolate. It won bronze at the Chocolate Awards.
Pacari offer a range of raw chocolate bars. They were the first raw chocolates in the world to get biodynamic certification. I’ve tried a lot of raw chocolate in my time and this is one of the best. It has a really good snap to it and a similar mouth feel to standard chocolate. It also tastes very nice.
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Pacari Chocolate Giveaway
I was sent some Pacari chocolate products to try. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.