Wild Sweets Dominican Republic Inclusion Bars Reviewed

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wild sweets logoI bought a bunch of bars from Wild Sweets and I am guilty of buying stuff I knew I wouldn’t like. Thank goodness they sent me extra bits! These are the bars I bought but as those who read my blog regularly know I’m not a massive fan of fruit and nut (whoops).

Of this chocolate, the website says: This 48% Vintage Single Origin cocoa bean-to-bar dark chocolate is made with cocoa beans from La Red, a cooperative of small-scale cacao producers in the north of the Dominican Republic. This cocoa bean varietal — Hispaniola — has a distinct chocolate flavor with tamarind and citrus notes as well as roasted tones of caramel and toffee. These bars are produced in true artisan fashion as we blend time-honored techniques and modern science for standardization, making our own cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate on a micro-batch basis in our laboratory. The lengthy, painstaking process involves creating pure chocolate liquor from perfectly roasted cocoa beans to conching for many hours to release the delectable aromas and amazing depth of unique flavors of the origin chocolate.

fruit and nut barDR ‘La Red’ Milk Inclusion – This chocolate bar is a texture-contrast wonder, blending the snap of chocolate with chewy fruits and crunchy nuts, all of which is set off by a hint of French fleur de sel sea salt flakes. – I didn’t really love it but I didn’t hate it. I’m kind of on the fence about it. I’m not a massive fruit and nut fan but found the nuts nice and crunchy for the most part. Still set my allergies off a bit so not a winner for me sadly but fruit and nut fans will love this posh version.

coffee walnut chocolate barDR ‘La Red’ Blended Coffee Walnut – This is a 65% Dark and 48% Milk Vintage Single Origin cocoa bean-to-bar blended chocolate. This chocolate bar contains a suspension of dried caramel, roasted walnuts and Tanzania coffee, and is lightly salted with French fleur de sel sea salt. – heavily roasted coffee, small pieces of walnuts are great but it is so thick with salt at times it is unpleasant. I don’t get much of the caramel though that could be the crunch however I do get the sweetness. It isn’t bad though and if you are a coffee lover, this is going to be your go-to bar. If you aren’t it finishes cleanly enough you can forget about it 😉

nuts wild sweetsDR ‘La Red’ Dark Inclusion – This is a 65% Vintage Single Origin cocoa bean-to-bar dark chocolate. This chocolate bar is a texture-contrast wonder, blending the snap of chocolate with chewy fruits and crunchy nuts, all of which is set off by a hint of French fleur de sel sea salt flakes. I don’t remember ordering this one – I thought I got two salted caramel but no bother. This isn’t my favourite bar but the fruits included are a nice contrast to the dark chocolate, sweetening it up along with the nuts to give it a nice balance. I’m not a fruit and nut fan so I wouldn’t buy it again but others among you might want to buy it.

Intrigued? Want to read more? Want to buy some? VISIT THE WILD SWEETS WEBSITE.

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