Blackberry Dark; Milk Chocolate

by Kiva
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Milk Chocolate   (+ Flavored)
Strain Amazon   
Source Ivory Coast   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   (x Fruits/Flowers)
Style Mainstream      
A Chocolate Daily Double –- 2 reviews in 1. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect a composite average of each bar's individual measures.


A while back this site posted one of its more intriguing essays -- Chocolate Bong.

It expounded on how the 3rd wave of chocolate history in the West, beginning roughly in 1984, still flickers with hope by those who keep the candle lit, trying to illuminate a way up & out of chocolate's predicaments. Unfortunately they toil too few in number & in a very dark corner… classic 5-percenters to the mass-market producers that dominate the trade.

These new era chocophiles liken themselves to eonophiles with their overwrought comparisons to wine. Forget the simple stuff of grapes. If chocolate really wants to vault into the 21st century with super-grade, prescription-strength cacáo of a premium that commands serious attention & commensurate pricing, it would do well to enroll in the higher edu of smokers rather than drinkers… specifically, the Cannabis culture.

Marijuana advocates endured & overcame hardships on an order that plague cacáo – & then some – only to succeed wildly & popularly.

Wine on the other hand has had an easy time of it. Historically acceptable to the point of serving as the bloody sacrifice for the Christian messiah; the toast at every meal to wash down food; plus a tradition of outlandishly overpriced bottles, all conspired to elevate it way beyond its intrinsic value.

Cacáo by contrast initially had to live down filthy associations, a once-demonized seed linked to infidels & Indios. Now most often served as an after-thought, a little notion on the side of a dessert, & selling for dirt-cheap prices thanks to a hidden subsidy – the sweat off the brow of endemically impoverished growers (though not necessarily the landowners upon whose property many toil).

That was several years ago. Nowadays cannabis finds itself in a more quasi-legal environment & poised to breakout & thru all over the place. High time it did. As it prospers, it follows the candy giants in the sense of lower price for, some would argue, lower quality -- even as the THC content soars.

In a hangover of its clandestine days, transparency, which should be easy with decriminalization, boils down to, it seems, the THC count & nothing else.

Current exhibit items: These 2 bars from Kiva. The only real "content" mentioned on the package is 60mg THC because, hey, the point of all this is, after all, to get stoned into the known unknowns so who wants to sratch their heads over any sticky issues beyond that.

Nothing listed about the FECO (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil), whether CO2 or food-grade solvent, let alone any mention about the cacáo utilized. Just trust & rest assured in this medible grown on a platform of an old herbal remedy. Efficient & efficacious.
Appearance   2.9 / 5

not quite "shattered" in transit
Color: dust
Surface: ragged
Temper: disheveled
Snap: firm
Aroma   7 / 10
Blackberry Dark
dripping blackberries + leaves still on the bush

Milk Chocolate
kine buried under rubbing alcohol, citrus Windex®, mint, & Pepsi® cola
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: choppy
Melt: did it ever end?
Flavor   41.1 / 50
Blackberry Dark
sativa & blackberry battle it out, chocolate a bystander / enabler, propping them up & supporting them texturally -> the fruit wins but the herb staggers to a comeback -> dual to a nice draw

Milk Chocolate
Pepsi® fizzes up Milk Choc -> weed comes in & out -> pepper tingle at the back -> clove oil -> mint extract -> herbal caramel -> Indian candy corn
Quality   15.6 / 20
Milk Chocolate
INGREDIENTS: sugar, whole cream milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, lecithin, vanilla, cannabis extract
Frankly, the reputation, the look, & the first sniff has 'skank' written all over it. Forget these ancillaries, as well as taste, because the whole point is the FX.
On the tongue, however, this Milk Chocolate Pepsi®-like float fizzes up a nice cannabuzz on the mind-melt.
Some object to the strong flavor that cannabis oil projects (attributable to its biochemical terpenes, a class of compounds also found in chocolate), hence most medibles mask it as much as possible. This follows suit. While the terpenes pierce thru & hover at points, they largely meld into the body of the bar & help create those Pepsi impressions. Other non-herbal / unmedicated chocolates occasionally impart kola nut or gotu kola but never this amped, so pronounced, so obvious an analogue.
A fun MC in more ways than one.

Blackberry Dark
INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, cannabis extract, flavorings
Chocolate inconsequential other than the Texture, crushed underfoot in the sweet melee after having been stripped of its powers by alkalis in the processing, in effect neutering it.
Much higher THC content accounts for some for that -- a whopping 45mg per square compared to the MC's 15gm (above). Potent enough to even feel it working sublingually though YMMV. Then again, the placebo 56% of the time also works. But, seriosuly, not like this.

Reviewed April 23, 2015


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