Doisy & Dam Maca, Vanilla, and Cocoa Nibs

Kcal 565 Fat 40.7g Fat (Sat) 24g Carbs 34.7g (per 100g)

On today’s menu is cocoa, vanilla, and root vegetables. Doesn’t sound like the most appetising of combinations, but if I call the latter ‘maca’, you might change your opinion. Then again, you might not since maca is still not a widely known ingredient in the western world, and the jargon generally only circulates within superfood junkie circles.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, I’ll give a brief Wikipedia lowdown. Maca is a root vegetable native to the Andes of Peru and looks like a parsnip with a head of carrot tops. It is deemed a superfood because it is nutrient dense with high levels of calcium, protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is said to give a natural energy boost and improve mental and physical performance.

So let’s all have more maca to go with our Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and beef, right? Well, not quite. Unlike normal people, we in the western world decided it would be better to ground maca up into a powder and put into capsule supplements or sprinkle it into smoothies. But hey, powdered everything seems to be a booming business these days, so who am I to argue?

Anyway, back to the chocolate. Doisy & Dam have given their 74% dark chocolate bar a super-boost with some of that magic maca powder, and included some more traditional ingredients like vanilla and cocoa nibs. It is presented in calming pastel blue packaging, which makes the ‘Great Taste Award’ label stand out more prominently.

It is an aromatic bar with floral notes, vanilla, and warm spices. It has a slightly bitter, earthy taste coming from the nibs, which have a chalky soil like texture. Not at all sweet, it instead has acidic sour tones. The chocolate is well balanced, but despite what most connoisseurs say about getting the best experience by letting the chocolate melt slowly on the mouth, rather than chewing it, I found the full flavour only revealed itself when I bit into the chocolate.

Whichever is your preferred method of consumption, you’ll only want a few squares at a time as it is rich and filling.

Presentation: 8
Aroma: 8.5
Taste: 9
Sustenance: 10
Texture: 9.5
Overall: 9