Friday, January 23, 2015

Undone Chocolate Review

Several years ago, I read that an ounce of dark chocolate a day would help me live a longer and healthier life. Who doesn't want that? So off I went to CVS, where I purchased a dozen Hershey Special Dark bars (on sale, of course.) Little did I know, each bar was made of just 45% cacao. One girlfriend later (who could date a guy who doesn't understand the importance of cacao?) I made the leap to the BIG leagues... 70% cacao. The real kind of chocolate (minus the sweetness.) I was on top of the world, looking scowling down at the masses who inhale Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars with reckless abandon.

But wait, there's more. Turns out chocolate can be perfected... scientifically. Local chocoholics Adam & Kristen Kavalier created Undone Chocolate, handcrafted two-ounce bars of unrivaled quality with an abundance of antioxidants and just two ingredients. Two ingredients? To appreciate what that means, take a moment to inspect the back of a Kit Kat bar next time you're at the supermarket (and make sure to bring a dictionary.) Suffice it to say, Undone Chocolate checks all the boxes on any "is it good for you" list.

As for taste, I didn't notice that much difference from my everyday Ghirardelli bars. At this level, you're just not going to find as much difference as you would in an "enhanced" (mint, peanut butter, etc.) chocolate. Don't forget: The higher the percentage of cacao... the less tasty it becomes. That said, there's no denying the added bonus of feeling good about eating something healthy and organic (that's tasty too.)

Nourish (Organic Cane Sugar)

Undone Chocolate comes in three flavors (Arouse, Nourish and Replenish) and sells for $7 per two ounce bar. Yes it's expensive; but spend five minutes in Whole Foods and tell me what isn't. They're not available everywhere (click here to find the closest retailer to you.) I bought mine at Little Red Fox on Connecticut Avenue, NW and they were sold out of Arouse, so business must be good.

Replenish (Himalayan Pink Salt)

In the works: We plan on stopping by their Union Market headquarters to see how Undone Chocolate is made. Check back soon to read a more detailed report (with photos.)