Gnosis Chocolate Review
In an effort to keep my reviews objective based on health topics, I structure each in the same way and allow my opinions to come through in the "Bottom Line" at the end. Here are my findings for Gnosis Chocolate.
(Sold retail here.)
IS IT ORGANIC?
Yes, Gnosis Chocolate is organic.
WHAT BEANS DO THEY USE?
I know they use beans from many farms in areas that do produce criollo beans, so anything is possible. I just haven't been told specifically what type they use. I'm pretty sure their single origin Originibs ($6/ounce) use criollo beans.
HOW IS IT PROCESSED?
Unlike most of the chocolate industry, they are extremely transparent in how their chocolate is made, even showing their heating measurements in online videos. It's made by hand and nothing is heated above 118 degrees. So this is one of the most reliably raw chocolates I've found.
WHAT SWEETENERS ARE USED?
They use a variety of natural, low-glycemic sweeteners, depending on the chocolate. They have a lot of different flavors, and in some, the fruits would naturally add some sweetness as well.
IS IT FAIR TRADE?
They are not certified fair trade. Because I know Vanessa personally, I know she would only purchase ethically (as some other chocolates reviewed here also claim to). She buys from Big Tree Farms and Grenada Chocolate Company and has visited the farms where she gets her cacao to ensure they meet her personal standards, which are very high. She also posts videos of these trips online -- very transparent.
Gnosis is where I first got to know raw chocolate, and I retailed it for a time. I am still an affiliate since I'm a big proponent of what they do and how they do it. (So you can buy it here.) It is not sold through direct sales. This company changed my mind about healthy chocolate, because before this, I thought people used the term to make sales without honestly having something healthy.
Theirs is a different kind of chocolate experience. Like most raw chocolate, it is softer than what you may be used to. (ChocoNat has found a way to retain the traditional chocolate "snap.") A little more like a fudge consistency. For the best in raw chocolate experiences, I prefer their Originibs ($6/ounce) or any chocolate from ChocoNat ($4 to $5/ounce). But if you like a variety of flavors jammed with health ingredients, their other bars are an excellent choice.