Poking around in Trader Joe’s, I was excited to find an intriguing candy bar in the refrigerated section that contained minimalist and unprocessed ingredients. I bought it, not expecting much. Yet it was full of flavor, and my family kept trying to sneak a few pieces for themselves. To top it off, there were real flower petals in the lavender bar.
These bars taste rich without being overwhelming; they’re filling without feeling indulgent; they have a satisfying taste without being complex. The coconut oil base adds a unique flavor that isn’t found in mainstream candy bars. (That being said, the coconut oil also requires the bars to be refrigerated to prevent melting.)
Why can’t everything be made this way? Artificial flavors, additives, fillers, texturizers, and preservatives detract from the rich flavor of pure and unadulterated ingredients. Whenever I stop at an upscale restaurant, I’m always mildly surprised to be satisfied with the most basic thing on the menu. Quality ingredients can make even the most basic dish memorable.
The ingredients in Nibs & Coffee are:
- Raw local honey
- Shredded Organic coconut
- Unrefined Organic coconut oil
- Alkalized Organic cocoa powder
- Cacao nibs
- Ground coffee
- Himalayan pink salt
And that’s it! A delightful treat in just 8 ingredients. I would encourage you to try this bar or to make it at home (I will happily offer to be a taste tester). It’s easy to forget how simple cooking good food can be. Modern processed food might lead us to believe that we need at least 25 ingredients to make something delectable, but we don’t. In many cases, less is more.
Don’t write off vegan or paleo food just yet, because it might be the best thing you’ve tasted all day.