Raaka Raw Chocolate - Ginger SnapRaaka
THE CHOCOLATE IS THE COOKIE
A seasonal icon, reimagined. Ginger-steamed Tanzanian cacao mixed with winter spice-infused cocoa butter, and decorated with sparkling brown sugar. The perfect companion for holiday spirits.
ORIGIN: Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania
Organic cacao beans, organic maple sugar, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic light brown sugar, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic allspice, organic nutmeg
Weight: 55 g
The word "raaka "is Finnish and it means "raw". Despite the name, the company doesn't have any Finnish origins or connections, but the cadence of the word and its meaning capture the essence of chocolate and the process of it's making. When Raaka's people make chocolate they're after something that feels the way Raaka sounds: strong, wild, playful, and most of all, different.
I had high hopes, with the excellent Mast chocolate, also from Brooklyn, as the yardstick. Raaka certainly carries all the socially approved marketing credentials: bean to bar, transparent trading etc. But these hardly matter
when the few varieties I sampled —pink sea salt; bananas foster;
coconut milk — were so tasteless they were near interchangeable even if ginger snap was the most distinct of the lot.