On the wrapper of every Dagoba chocolate bar, you’ll find the slogan You can deprive the body, but the soul needs chocolate.
What a motto for a chocolate company – and it is so true. 😀
Dagoba prides itself on producing innovative chocolates that not only taste wonderful, but also do their part for the environment and humanity.
Because Dagoba bars are something of a rarity in this part of the world, they tend to be a wee bit on the pricey side. However, they are so good that I find them worth the expense. Case in point: the lemon-ginger bar I scored from Rustan’s Supermarket the other day.
According to the package, this dark chocolate bar has 68% cocoa solids. This alone is a good sign as you get stunning flavors: a dusky-rich bitterness overlaid with nuances of red wine and a bit of coffee. The addition of pure lemon essence adds an exciting aroma, both citrusy and floral at the same time. Finally, the addition of bits of candied [crystallized] ginger adds little pockets of spicy sweetness that provide a pleasing contrast against the dark flavor profile of the chocolate.
Admittedly, this particular chocolate bar works as an excellent stress-relieving nibble between office tasks. However, I am also of the opinion that this can be used for baking with equally gorgeous results. I am already considering breaking a bar up into chunks for a grown-up take on chocolate-chunk cookies or for swanking up a loaf of pane al cioccolato. Plus, I think these would be great for melting into a hot caffe latte, turning it into the perfect citrus-spice mocha. 😉