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Review: Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee
Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee
Posted: 15 September 2014
All of Alter Eco's ingredients are organic and some of them Fair Trade. No emulsifiers of any kind are used. Their Dark Coconut Toffee is a superb way to grow accustomed to the brand. The coconut toffee, made with organic and Fair Trade sugar and desiccated coconut, organic butter, and sea salt, melted in my mouth. Eating Alter Eco's Dark Coconut Toffee
probably won't help save the planet, but you're probably an armchair activist anyway.
price/gram: USD 0.05
Cocoa %: 47
I didn't realize -- how could
I -- that when OptoJay showed up in Bangkok from Denver that
he would be bringing such a range of splendiferous
chocolates. Only one brand in his treasure chest of
chocolates was one I'd heard of.
Alter Eco isn't that brand.
Co-founders Mathieu Senard and Edouard Rollet brought the
brand to the US from France in 2003 and offer a range of
environmentally conscious products, all purchased from
small-farm co-operatives. This is an increasingly popular model from
new-age 'hippies' which could have been ripped right out of the
corporate mission statement of
doing much the same thing and in business years before Alter
Eco and with 5.5 times the size of Alter Eco's 2013 sales.
Much like Equal Exchange, Alter Eco doesn't manufacture
anything. They source the cacao from Peru and Ecuador
and ship the dried fermented beans to unnamed manufacturers.
Exactly like Equal Exchange, Switzerland is where the beans
get transformed into edible delights. Wouldn't it be hilarious if they were
made by the identical manufacturer?
Alter Eco's ingredients are organic and some of them Fair
Trade. No emulsifiers of any kind are used.
These are quite common additives in the chocolate market,
even amongst so-called higher-end brands, because they can
reduce the amount of expensive cocoa butter needed.
Alter Eco goes one step further by trying to neutralize
their carbon footprint. Their chocolate wrappers are
designed by themselves to insure that no petroleum,
chemicals, or genetically modified corn go into the
In summary, Alter Eco is a
company you want to love.
Their Dark Coconut Toffee is
a superb way to grow accustomed to the brand. The
coconut toffee, made with organic and Fair Trade
sugar and desiccated coconut, organic butter, and sea salt,
melted in my mouth. And let's not ignore the quality of the
chocolate. This Alter Eco is sold as a dark. At
47% cocoa solids, this bar isn't all that much darker than
chocolate. 47% legitimately qualifies this bar as a
bittersweet bar. But who's quibbling. Other
brands pass off bars in the low 40's as dark chocolate.
Why can't Alter Eco? They're not trying to sneak
this bar past vegans.
The Peruvian cacao beans that go into this bar are expertly
turned into a rich, darkish chocolate that I reckon dark
chocolate detractors could still enjoy, particularly with
the mouthwatering sea salted buttery and crunchy toffee
mixing in with every bite.
Want to save the planet?
Eating Alter Eco's Dark Coconut Toffee won't help much, but
you're probably an armchair activist anyway. Buy one
and kid yourself you're changing the world.