When you think about it, chocolate shouldn’t contain that many ingredients. You don’t need much more than some cocoa beans and a tad of natural sweetener to make a good bar. Amore di Mona gets that. Their chocolate contains all of 3 ingredients; cocoa solids, cocoa butter and agave nectar. Not only do you taste the purity of the chocolate, the simplicity of the recipe makes it naturally vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free, and most importantly, free of any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Unless you are allergic to cocoa itself, virtually anyone can eat Amore di Mona chocolate.
You want to eat it too, you really do. Their basic chocolate bar is good, but it’s even better with dried currants folded into the mix. Because the chocolate itself is not too sweet, the fruit adds natural sugars, as well as chewy texture to contrast the smoothness of the chocolate. You can also get a bar with coffee beans, for some added crunch. Did I mention that the bars are portioned into single servings (or more specifically, 35g, which I find to be the perfect about for 1)? It makes them hard to resist munching through an entire one all by yourself.
If you are really searching for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Amore di Mona’s “Caramela.” I had no idea it was possible to make vegan caramels out of agave nectar, but that is exactly what they do. Despite being made virtually entirely of agave, the caramels are not too, too sweet, nor do they have that cloying aftertaste that agave can sometimes leave in your mouth. These too you can get studded with ingredients like coffee beans or dried cranberries (my personal favourite as the acidity from the berries works to cut through the sweetness of the caramels).
Although the individual bars and Caramelas are perfect for getting your chocolate fix, if you want to get creative with vegan or gluten-free baking, Amore di Mona also sells much larger baking bars. Whether you want to whip up a batch of vegan brownies, or even try your hand at gluten-free, vegan fudge, Amore di Mona has you covered – as long as you refrain from eating the entire bar as-is! If you are as much a chocolate fiend as I am, Amore di Mona is sure to become a new staple in your chocoholic – healthy chocoholic at that – repertoire.
**Disclaimer – Although the chocolate for this post was generously provided by Amore di Mona, the opinions and photographs are my own.