Get a m!lk chocolate that’s a real chocolate (even by law)!
“Cane sugar, cocoa butter, rice drink powder and syrup, cocoa mass, tiger nuts, hazelnuts, vanilla, sea salt”. There are at least seven ingredients in this best-selling vegan mylk bar from a European-wide organic chocolate brand. By law, this product on the chocolate shelf cannot call itself chocolate. So why is it on the chocolate shelf and what exactly is it?
It is, paraphrasing food writer Michael Pollan, a food-like product of the type the Big Food industry has been stuffing us with for decades. Ultra-processed junk foods usually come in four intense flavours - salty, sweet, acidic, fatty - and, by now, account for half(!) of consumers’ daily caloric intake in some Western countries. More than 2 billion people are overweight, and 600 million are obese as a consequence. The chocolate industry’s big players, Big Candy like Barry Callebaut, Mars and Lindt, are all profiting from the junk food pandemic.
So resist we will. This time in the form of a climate-positive, delicious vegan m!lk chocolate which can claim to be a chocolate not only by law, but also by its taste. At Original Beans we follow a simple mantra when it comes to ingredients: “No More Than Four”. And so our Esmeraldas Vegan M!lk is based on three simple ingredients: cacao, cane sugar, and almonds. (Actually, there are four ingredients, since the cacao butter is pressed not from Esmeraldas Arriba, but from Dominican Trinitario beans. But we didn’t count that double for the other chocolate-type vegan mylk either.)
It was Leonardo da Vinci who said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo may never have consumed chocolate, but in his practical, open mind would have appreciated the three stories of simplicity we are about to tell you. One about cacao, one about sugar and the final one about almonds, a product that was new to us and of which we learned a lot in the course of making the Esmeraldas 50% Vegan M!lk. (And so much is still to learn...)