In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit in advance that I’ve been a big fan of Kiva Confections’ products for some years now. Their Blackberry Dark Chocolate bar and Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans are among my all-time favorite edibles in terms of both flavor and effect. So when the editors here at Leaf said they needed someone to review Kiva’s newest offering – the Milk Chocolate Churro bar – I eagerly volunteered to take one for the team.
First off, I’d like to point out that the childproofing on Kiva’s packaging isn’t nearly as frustrating to open as a lot of other edibles tend to be, which is a big plus. According to its label, the chocolate is made from sustainably sourced premium cacao, cane sugar, milk, vanilla, ice water-extracted Cannabis, and real Saigon (Vietnamese) cinnamon – a premium variety of the spice that’s believed to possess a number of health benefits, including powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The bar is divided into 20 small, 5mg sections for easy dosing, and each piece contains only one gram of fat and sugar, and 15 total calories (so not the worst on your waist). For the purposes of this review, I sampled two pieces (10mg) to start.
In a nod to the Spanish dessert pastry from which it’s inspired, the back of the bar is sprinkled with a generous coating of sugar crystals, giving it a glittery sparkle.
And as someone who’s fortunate enough to have enjoyed fresh-baked churros dipped in thick, rich hot chocolate while visiting Barcelona on several occasions, I can tell you there’s nothing quite like that sweet, hot, crunchy, creamy combo masticating in your mouth.
The chocolate had a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth consistency and a sweet, mild flavor – a bit too mild though, in my humble opinion. To be honest, I found myself wishing that the cinnamon flavor was more pronounced, rather than just a subtle aftertaste.
As for the effect, I’d say my slow slide into inebriation was almost imperceptible; I didn’t really realize I was feeling high until almost two hours after ingestion. Once I did feel it, though, it was thoroughly enjoyable. While many edibles I’ve tried tend to make my mind and heart rate race, Kiva’s products have always affected me in a very smooth and stable manner. That’s one of the main reasons why their products are among my favorites, and the Churro bar is no exception – allowing me to remain mellow, mindful and fully functional from the onset to the off-ramp. I mean … I wrote this article while I was under the candy’s influence, and it came out alright, didn’t it?
Overall, I give the Kiva Churro Chocolate bar the two proverbial thumbs up. Would I have liked it more if it was dark chocolate rather than milk? Definitely. Would I have preferred that the cinnamon flavor be more pronounced? Sure. But more importantly: Would I eat this edible again if given the chance? Hell yes. In fact, I just ate two more pieces!
This article was originally published in the December 2020 issue of California Leaf.
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