Sunday, 25 August 2013

Healthy OMBAR Choco

Hi guys,

as you already know, I've been lucky to get two samples of the lovely UK based small but interesting and great new chocolate brand called "OMBAR Chocolate Enlightenment". 

(Photo Credits: Ombar.co.uk)

The Ombar Chocolate Team is using raw, organic cacao from Ecuador, coconut sugar from independent farmers in Java and other healthy stuff like e.g. Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 (0.34%), which is similar to Lactobacillus/probiotic bacteria like in many plain yoghurts:) - It is a natural supplement developed to help support digestive and immune health (via Wikipedia)!

Raw cacao is used not only because of its rich complex flavour, but also because it retains much more of its antioxidant properties which are lost during the roasting process. 

I've tested Ombar Organic Raw Chocolate "Coco Mylk" and Ombar Organic Raw Chocolate "Strawberries & Cream":


1. Coco Mylk:

It's a really creamy/smooth and soft consistency - so it's definitely NOT to expect a crunchy/hard "click" chocolate sound if you try to break a piece of the whole bar - it's really soft and smooth! Which isn't bad - just not the normal chocolate consistency (which is probably 'cause it doesn't contain any other oils and preservatives, which are normally in a "normal" milk chocolate bar!

Ingredients:
Cacao mass*, coconut sugar*, coconut cream*(20%), cocoa butter*, ground vanilla pods*, Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086 (0.34%) *certified organic

Nutri' Info - per bar:

 778.1 kj/190.7 kcal, Protein - 1.7g, Carbohydrate - 13.2g/which sugar 10.5g, Fat - 15.3g/which saturates 12.5g, Fibre - 3.1g, Sodium - trace

As it contains Coconut Cream and Vanilla Pods - it's kind of creamy caramel tasting too!:) I would prefer to eat a piece during you're drinking your warm chai latte or creamy coffee! - Perfect for the next season of Autumn 13 too:) Another Pro is the Vegan friendly recipe - as this bar is also enriched with healthy probiotic bacteria (Bacillus Coagulans).

Ombar says:

"The general properties of probiotic are to maintain a healthy and balanced intestinal microbiota and reduce the incidence of intestinal infections, and is frequently recommended to prevent unbalanced intestinal microflora"

My opinion:

The texture is really smooth and I'm a person who like the hard chocolate more BUT the ingredients, which are raw foods hit me in the 1st minute - as I'm a BIG healthy food fan! I'm also willing to disclaim/live without the hard choco texture:)

Prize, Size & Best Before:

Prize: £1.99, Size: 35g, Best before: 12 months

2. Strawberries & Cream:

Dark 60% Ecuadorian raw chocolate, blended with Coconut Cream, infused with delicious freeze-dried strawberry powder and enriched with probiotic healthy bacteria.

It has the same creamy/smooth consistency as the other Ombar Raw Chocolate Bars too, but has a more summer flavor - like fresh picked strawberries with a portion of creamy coconut cream like deluxe Wimbledon (recipe)!

Ingredients:

Ingredients: cacao mass*, coconut sugar*, coconut cream* (14%), strawberry powder* (8%), cocoa butter*, Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086(0.34%) *certified organic

Nutri' Info - per bar:
 
727.3kj/174.5kcal, Protein - 2.0g, Carbohydrate - 14.7g/which sugar 11.6g, Fat - 13.3g/which saturates 11.1g, Fibre - 3.3g, Sodium - trace

It contains the same probiotic bacteries like the other bars and like Ombar says:  

"Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut palm trees; extracted once the blossom is removed. This nectar is gently heated until it becomes a delicious, rich unrefined sugar. Analysis of coconut sugar shows that it has a low glycemic index of 35 which is less than refined sugar (68), honey (48) and agave (40). Coconut sugar is not a raw food."

My opinion:

A pretty much like the fruity scent/flavor of this bar - it's fresh and creamy and I would say it has a bigger "WOW" factor - as it's not only plain (and I attend to buy always darker plain chocolates:)) but also contains another flavor factor - the fruitness! And strawberries - what should I say more - I LOOOOVE this huge healthy bomb!:)

Prize, Size & Best Before:

Prize: £1.99 NOW £1.79, Size: 35g, Best before: 12 months

For more informations - please visit Ombar UK or buy one or more bars at their shop or watch this introducing vid' on youtube.

Have a lovely sweet day!:)

Bye,

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