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Cocoa Farm Mango Lime & Chilli 
Posted: 12 May 2011    7.0 
Cocoa Farm Mango Lime & Chilli Cocoa Farm at least knows what it's doing in the chocolate-manufacturing department. They'd proven to me earlier they knew how to combine chocolate with wine in perfect balance. Any chocolate manufacturer could stuff mango, chilli, and lime in one bar, but in the hands of an amateur, one element would have dominated all the others. Not when Cocoa Farm takes the reins. The mango, chilli, and lime really do work together as a triumvirate.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.05   Cocoa %: 50  Size: 100g  Australian chocolate 
       


One of the realities of life in Thailand for most of us relocatees is the visa run. Every 90 days, we must leave the country. Nearly all of my past visa runs have been to Ranong near the Burmese border. This time around, setting off from Bangkok, I was in for a much quicker and cheaper visa run to the border town of Poipet in Cambodia. It's only 4 hours from Bangkok to the Thailand-Cambodian border by minibus.

Casino buses ply the route, too. Gambling is illegal in Thailand. The Cambodian side is only too happy to exploit this fact, and you can see the gaudy gambling dens just seconds after you've crossed into Cambodia.

Besides selling slim hopes of easy winnings, these casinos also sell duty free products - and as a refreshing change in Asia, for prices that really are deals. A liter of Absolut vodka is almost 15% cheaper than the Thailand duty free stores and 50% cheaper by volume than retail. But we're not talking about vodka at Doug's Chocolate Republic, are we? The casinos offer a limited brand range of chocolates at excellent prices.

One brand that caught my eye on the casino shelves was Cocoa Farm, an Australian company based out of Melbourne. Aussie Dave mailed me two Cocoa Farm bars before, both infused with different types of Australian wines. The combination was excellent. Aussie Dave tried to get Cocoa Farm to mail their product line past the Republic's borders for review. The farm shrugged their shoulders in Aussie Dave's face. I personally contacted their sales director later and never got a response.

That sort of blatant indifference is exactly the motivation I need to go out and review some other brand's chocolate bar instead. In this case, however, the only other brand was Cadbury Australia, and while good and decently priced, I've tried 'em. Cocoa Farm was being priced here at the duty free lower than I've seen them list in Australia. Since Cocoa Farm didn't even offer me a polite rejection in the past, I only picked up one of their bars. The second bar I picked up was an old delicious standby to eat on the minibus ride back to Bangkok, the Cadbury (Australia) Rum & Raisin.

There were 6 or 7 different types of Cocoa Farm bars on sale. I selected the one I thought had the most unique combination, Mango Lime & Chilli, stuffed into Cocoa Farm's 50% cocoa solids. Cocoa Farm describes it as "an exotic mix of sweet mango, sharp lime, and a surprise sprinkle of chilli." The chilli isn't all that much of a surprise after you see the word "chilli" in the title on the wrapper. The lime and chilli flavors come in the form of lime oil and chilli oil. That was more of a surprise. The mango pieces consisting of 10% of the total bar was also a surprise, but be forewarned. Cocoa Farm sort of cheats here. The mango pieces consist of 48% mango and 52% apple. You're probably thinking, "How the hell can mango pieces consist of mango and apple?" This is twenty-first century food science, junior. Chicken pieces today may not contain any real chicken. That lobster sauce you had over your shrimp pieces at the local Chinese restaurant didn't contain any lobster and probably not any shrimp. Cocoa Farm is just borrowing from the word game manipulators who've come before them. That's what I call the real surprise.

Cocoa Farm at least knows what it's doing in the chocolate-manufacturing department. They'd proven to me earlier they knew how to combine chocolate with wine in perfect balance. Any chocolate manufacturer could stuff mango, chilli, and lime in one bar, but in the hands of an amateur, one element would have dominated all the others. Not when Cocoa Farm takes the reins. The mango, chilli, and lime really do work together as a triumvirate.

Cocoa Farm does much to boast of "No Added Sugar" on many of their chocolate bar offerings, including this one. This is another play on words. These bars are sugar-free in the sense that they don't contain any added sucrose. Instead, they're using maltitol, a sugar alcohol. Manufacturers like to tout the lower calories and the minimal impact on blood sugar. Both claims are exaggerated. Maltitol has 75% of the sweetness, calories, and glycemic index of sugar. Binging on one of these bars is still going to add a substantial number of calories to the waistline; and because maltitol is a carbohydrate, you can bet that flabby derriere of yours that your blood glucose levels will be impacted. Any diabetics thinking they're going to get a free ride on the Cocoa Farm's mango-chilli-lime-truck will be checking into a hospital. Enjoy, but don't think you're going to lose last vacation's bender from eating one (or a dozen) of these.

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 Cocoa Farm from Australia makes dark chocolate that is 50%. They add mango, chilli, and lime oil to and they call it the Mango Lime & Chilli. Do you like dark chocolate? Do you like Australian chocolate with no added sugar? Cocoa Farm uses maltitol, a sugar alcohol, instead of sucrose. See chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic