I’ve written about Taza Chocolate before – they are the local organic chocolatier in our city, located about 2 miles from our house. We’ve been on their factory tour a few times (a must!) and very much enjoy their entire catalog of stone ground, organic chocolate.
In mid-June Taza launched five new chocolate bars in their Amaze Bars line – Coconut (70% dark), Sea Salt & Almond (80% dark), Cacao Nib Crunch (80% dark), Toffee Almond & Sea Salt (60% dark), and Raspberry Nib Crunch (60% dark though not pictured here, I’m not a raspberry/chocolate fan).
Each bar is 2.5 oz and definitely has a personality of its own. The quality of the chocolate itself is very true to the rest of the Taza catalog – earthy, gritty, sharp, deep – but these added flavors do add a dimension to the taste and texture that their plain dark chocolate bars don’t have.
My favorite of the lot is the Sea Salt & Almond. Taza is generous with the sea salt, which I really appreciate as a sweet/salty fan. The almonds are the perfect compliment to the already-grainy texture. The whole thing just works!
Also, I’m really obsessed with the packaging of this line. Taza really took it up a notch! Bright colors with cute representations of the ingredients, while remaining simple and appealing. I also have to mention another thing I love about Taza and this packaging – each bar includes a batch code (which you can look up on their website to see how it was made) as well as a ‘best by’ date.
In addition to being a recognized community leader and all around amazing Somerville neighbor, I love Taza for their mission and what their company represents. Taza Chocolate pioneered the first third party verified Direct Trade cacao sourcing program in the US, called the Taza Chocolate Direct Trade Certified Cacao. It is also certified USDA organic, non-GMO Project verified, certified gluten free, kosher pareve, dairy free, soy free, and vegan.
(Product reviews are never sponsored; I am in no way paid, given free samples, or told to say anything you just read. I have posted about this product because I went out, purchased this item myself, and want to share my findings in a candid and informative way.)