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Better than chocolate?

October 7, 2009

Chocolate is one of life’s great pleasures. Everyone likes it (well, anyone normal :P). Even my friend the chocolate hater is coming round to the idea that chocolate really isn’t all that bad. And since I went vegan, one common question has been, ‘But what about chocolate?’ My reply is always the same, ‘I can still eat chocolate, a lot of dark chocolate is vegan and you can get vegan milk and white chocolate.’ My favourite chocolate has always been dark so finding it has never been an issue.

However, recently my nan brought me back a present from one of her and my grandad’s holidays: Plamil Carob Confectionary.

carobI’d only read about the wonders of carob, how it has a great taste and can be used as a substitute for chocolate chips or cocoa powder, is caffine free and just generally amazing.

Carob contains as much Vitamin B1 as asparagus or strawberries; as much niacin as lima beans, lentils, or peas; and more Vitamin A than aubergine, asparagus, and beetroot. It also contains Vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the trace minerals iron, manganese, chromium, copper, and nickel. It contains about 8 percent protein and is a good source of fiber. Compared to chocolate, carob is three times richer in calcium, has one third less calories and seventeen times less fat.

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However, my first impression didn’t bare the great tasting result I was expecting. On my first square, I wasn’t keen at all. It was edible, but not so nice. But then, the next day, I tried another bit, it began to grow on me. By the third day, I was in love. I still am. I like it better than chocolate, that’s for sure! It has a more prominent smell than ordinary chocolate, akin I suppose to the strength of coffee. It has a profound taste, too, certainly an aquired taste, I think. The main thing to remember when you eat it is it is not chocolate, I think the reason I disliked it at first was because I was expecting chocolate. It’s one of those things many chocolate lovers will hate but really shouldn’t fear! Give carob a chance! (or 2 or 3!). It really is better than chocolate.

I want to try some carob chips or powder now, I think a hot carob drink would be yummy! Or carob chip cookies…But I have only ever seen these things priced very expensively from their chocolate counterparts, so cocoa it is (untill I can get my hands on another carob bar).

I don’t think I’ll be able to get mofo posts up for a couple of nights :(. I’m going to the cinema tomorrow night and then staying at my grandparent’s house (No school on friday – yay!), then going again on friday evening. Saturday I’m working, so won’t get a chance to cook something good, but I’ll try to have a great mofo post for sunday!