Product Review: Jem Raw Chocolate

8th August 2012

After being a vegan for six years, I don’t associate myself with nuts or nut-based sweets because I find them a bit heavy. Nuts serve the purpose of providing protein in my diet, but not something I frequently snack on. The only kind of nut butter I keep around the house is peanut butter. When I crave something sweet, I usually go for chocolate bars, ice creams or fruits. I am very open-minded about anything, even still I was a bit hesitant to try nut butters in the beginning.

However, only one artisan company in Bend, Oregon creates healthy indulgences such as their raw chocolates & nut butters: Jem Raw Chocolate. I find Jem’s products with more depth in flavour rather than being a nut-based product. It’s all about flavour, not because it is a nut-based product. I have only tried four different products from Jem Raw Chocolate:

  1. 55% Raw Cacao Bar
  2. 72% Raw Cacao Bar
  3. Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter
  4. Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter

Left is a Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter and Right is a Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter.

Jem Raw Chocolate

Jem Raw Chocolate

★ PRODUCT NAME: Jem Raw Chocolate
★ WEBSITE: www.jemrawchocolate.com
★ TYPES: Chocolate & Nut Butters and Raw Cacao Bars
★ ABOUT: Jem Raw Chocolate was started by three independent artisans: Tim Moore, Jen Moore and Nik Rueth. Their chocolates are made with pure raw organic (fair-trade) ingredients, free from gluten, dairy, soy and processed sugar. Jem Raw Chocolate products are all handcrafted and stone ground in Bend, Oregon.

At Jem Raw Chocolate LLC it is our mission to produce healthy chocolates, sauces, and nut butters that satisfy the mind, body and spirit. Every choice we make from sourcing, to stone grinding, and blending, keeps the integrity of the raw ingredients intact—so those who enjoy our products benefit from the nutrient-density and antioxidants that nature intended.(Jem Raw Chocolate, Mission Statement).

Jem Raw Chocolate also makes raw cacao bars: 55% and 72%, both stone ground below 118 degrees. Her raw cacao bars are USDA-certified organic, raw, vegan, superfood and made from fair-trade, non-GMO cacao, especially high in iron and a good source of Vitamin C and Dietary Fibre.

Jem Raw Chocolate

Left is a Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter and Right is a Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter on a piece of local bread slice.

Jem Raw Chocolate

1. Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter: When I opened the jar, it reminded me of many beautiful sweets as I was walking through a sweet candy shop one evening. The almond butter was very creamy and easy to stir. It wasn’t as runny as you may think, the consistency was great. I fell in love with the cinnamon red maca flavour already, it went well with absolutely anything and it brought the fantastic sweetness to anything possible! For example, the cinnamon red maca almond butter presented a dark caramel-like topping for my ice cream.

★ INGREDIENTS: Raw sprouted almonds (soaked in pink himalayan salt crystals, then dehydrated at low temp; sourced from CA and Turkey), coconut palm sugar (made from the sweet nectar of the coconut tree flower blossoms, sourcing at Big Tree Farms), raw red maca (native to high Andes of Bolivia and Peru), ground cinnamon and vanilla. All are certified organic. High in Vitamin E, low glycemic, non-GMO and contains tree nuts.

2. Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter: This Coconut Caradamom has a lighter colour than the Cinnamon Red Maca, plus it is a bit more runnier. I could taste the cardamom very well: it leaves my tongue with a warm sensation with a bit of heat after taste. The coconut caradmom is great for anyone who prefers wintery spices in their almond butters.

★ INGREDIENTS: Cardamom, activated sprouted almonds, coconut and lucuma fruit All are certified organic. High in Vitamin E, low glycemic, non-GMO and contains tree nuts.

Left is a Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter and Right is a Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter.

Jem Raw Chocolate

Some yummy ice cream scoops with these amazing and creamy almond butters such as the Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter below:

Jem Raw Chocolate Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter

Or perhaps the Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter:

Jem Raw Chocolate Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter

 

DISCLAIMER
This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by Jem Raw Chocolate LLC. All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. Any products mentioned here should be used at your own discretion and with caution. I only review cruelty-free and vegan products. I will not review any products that I don’t love. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.

 

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