Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (~54% cacáo-content)
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Esmeraldas; Punta Galera)
Flavor Earthen   
Style New School      
Chocolate, particularly among pre-Columbian Mesoamericans, was associated with the feminine. They identified it with darkness, night, the earth & moon. And female deities covering springs & waterholes; as well as the wet seasons of the year. Fertility & female imagery dominate their iconography (cacáo’s oval-shaped fruit with longitudinal creases, some bearing red pigment, recall the vulva, plus its white interior pulp & the manner it hangs from the tree is suggestive of breasts).

Fast forward to today, chocolate remains primarily, though not exclusively, a female phenomenon. Its most avid customers are women.

Little wonder then that a chocolate celebrating the menstrual cycle would be introduced to help ease the monthlies with a harmonious blend of herbs.

Moontime... an extension of the Nova Monda 'Jar Chocolate' line, infused with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine ) herbs. A sure sign that Nova's bent on reaching far.

And guys, these chocolate clinicians at Nova Monda profess that, after getting your moonshine on out back, this Moontime chocolate will help regulate your lesbian gene expression. Ya know, the one that inspired Maria Gertrudis de la Zerda aka Maria la Chocolatera -- thought to be the first known lesbian barsmith -- in the late 1700s. One can only imagine the private soirées she hosted above her chocolate studio on Calle del Leon near San Lorenzo Street in Mexico City.

A jar Howard Stern could drool over.

My, what round breasts you have cacáo tree... & so many of them
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: hema-brown
Surface: immaculate complexion
Temper: matte
Snap: n/a
Aroma   6.5 / 10
vulgar spoiler alert -- a douche (sorry, just the facts, ma'am)
Mouthfeel   13.3 / 15
Texture: uncanny vanishing caloric density -- sublingual smooth & swift all the way...
Melt: ... down to the distended belly of it -- prompting the brain to ask for more
Flavor   43.6 / 50
ground chocolate -> herbal sweep, including twigs & roots -> coconut oil serves as a kind of mason jism line to cool the medical edges -> white sweet spot (pure sugar) -> great grape backdrop at the rear recesses -> slight stringent grip cauterizes the oral cavity & pulls the herbs into a light synergistic mix (outstanding)
Quality   18.8 / 20
These types of concoctions usually provoke anxiety-inducing preparation to brace the palate, followed by heavy wincing. No need for any of that here.

A marvelous melt. And the herbs hardly register flavor-wise, so seamlessly embedded into the chocolate frame that first-time patients will consider it but a minor side-effect of real chocolate, while veterans might suspect a placebo has been administered.

Sure they sublimate a lot of the fruit action found in Nova Monda's Nacional without the menstrual herbs. But they also channel the chemical compounds for greater center-point chocolate flavor. Evidently Nova understands that there's nothing SweeTart about bleeding chicks, swans, & bunnies.

Who knows if this actually eases, stops or even possibly reverses the flow. Rub it on the tummy as well as the tongue to find out. Either way it's a damn good chocolate experiment / experience. Period.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa, coconut oil infused with herbs*, sugar; CBS (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio): ~2:3:5
* bupleurum, paeonia, angelica root, bai zhu (atractylodes macrocephala) fu shen (poria cocos fungus), ginger root, Chinese licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), bo he (Mentha haplocalyx)

Reviewed April 11, 2013


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