21 Jun 2013

product review: pana chocolate


I am in love. Today I gleefully received nine bars of Pana Chocolate in the mail to review. In this case, review literally means eat. Yes, on this glorious day my job is to eat chocolate. Indeed, I be living dat high life. I must say that the chocolate is absolutely delicious (I did say I was in love, didn't I?) and basically it's what I make at home, which is perfect because I don't like putting anything mysterious into my body. All we've got here is some cacao powder, coconut oil, and dark agave. With each different flavour there are other ones added like orange essential oil, cinnamon, nuts, and other goodies you crave.


All the ingredients are raw, organic and - I felt the vibes - made with love. Plus you cannot resist their adorable packaging. Look at the little mascot! He loves cacao, I love cacao, we got zero problems. Another bonus is how many mind-blowing flavours they offer! Just look at the first picture to see some options. If you don't like things too sweet, then Pana is perfect for you. You get just a hint of agave as an aftertaste, but the cacao is the shining star. My mom is NOT big on sweets so I think she appreciated this. 

Think chocolate cannot fit into a healthy lifestyle? Think again. I rant all the time about how raw chocolate is the greatest thing since green smoothies and I mean it. Is cacao the secret to long life like some people claim? Probably not, but it sure tastes delicious, and it's great for you. It has outrageous amounts of fibre, magnesium and iron. and can provide lots of energy for your busy day. I think of it in a similar way as coffee - it's a terrific supplement to enjoy every few days in moderation, if you like it. 

If you're looking for high quality, kind, wholesome sweet treats - check out Pana Chocolate. They've got you covered... in chocolate. 

24 comments:

  1. It's just so sad that we don't live in Australia and have access to these babies :( Definitely would want to give it a try!

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    1. Well I live in Canada so if you can afford it, you can get them shipped to North America I think!

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  2. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

    Looks yummy! Couldn't justify the carbon footprint to have them shipped though. :P

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  3. Sounds so good! Have you also tried Loving Earth chocolate? Also raw and organic from Melbourne. Nomnomnom.

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    1. I haven't but that's the second time it's been recommended so I think I must.

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  4. I love healthy chocolate! And I LOVE your blog! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

    Hey there, recently i bought a hole bunch of raw chocolate bars, thinking it was really healthy. Unfortunately, whatever one i try, i get extremely nauseous. I don't know why, maybe the chocolate is to dark for me? I was wondering if someone else has this too.

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    1. Hmm, this seems like a dumb question but are you allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients? Some people have cacao or coconut sensitivities.

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    2. AnonymousJune 30, 2013

      i have no KNOWN allergies, but i have the same when i eat M&M's extra dark... maybe just stick to some not to dark chocolate so now and then..

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  6. Ha ha, these come from my home city, so no carbon footprint or shipping guilt for me! I've never had algae-flavoured chocolate before, so I might snaffle some up this afternoon. Thankyou for posting an Australian goodie :)

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    1. The algae one was surprisingly tasty! It doesn't taste like algae really.

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  7. Aw I hope they will sell in other countries in the future, this looks so scrumptious. I love that they have so many flavours as I find most raw chocolate companies (at this moment in time) do not.

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  8. Wow, these sound perfect. I'm not big on super sweet foods either but I loooove chocolate, so this sounds right up my alley. Plus, that packaging - lovely.

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  9. I'm so jealous!! I love your blog so much. I've made the lava cakes, incredible!

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  10. These look awesome!!

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  12. The mint one is devine!!! Also a % of the algae one goes towards the Sea Shepherd!

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  13. I've tried these and absolutely adore them =) My favourite was the black cherry and vanilla. Even the blue-green algae one was delicious. Looking forward to eating them again soon in the future =)

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  14. i am concerened about the agave is it not a crimanal industry that damages the earth ?

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    1. Not if it sustainably sourced and fairly traded :)

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    2. Im also worried about the agave! From what I know its almost pure fructose (as bad or worse than high fructose corn syrup!) and doesnt do any good when metabolised as it can only be broken down by the liver and metabolises into things like uric acid and harmful radicals! unlike glucose which can be metabolised by muscle and liver cells to produce atp. However if its only a very small amount i would love to get some of this as a treat! Everything in moderation, right?

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  15. I work for a company in Canada that produces Raw Organic Chocolate, we don't have the packaging yet that this company does but our chocolate tastes better than any raw chocolate I have ever tried! We have 2 flavours that are sweetened with honey and 1 that is sweetened with agave nectar. We also add superfoods like hemp, maca, tocotrienols, and lucuma to our bars. http://www.intuitivepathsuperfoods.com/Arriba-Raw-Chocolate-115g-p/7433752.htm

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  16. Pana chocolate is the best. The most impressive raw vegan chocolate I have tasted so far, shame you didn't have my personal favourite - sour cherry and vanilla. I'm not even vegan (though interested in the lifestyle) and I prefer Pana over anything else. Not a fan of the milky after taste of normal chocolate and l like knowing that this chocolate has a high cacao percentage and an incredible, luscious mouthfeel. Definitely worth it, if you can get your hands on it. Only downside... the bars are so small!

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