When I first started eating paleo, I felt pretty lost when it came to what would I would eat when it came to sweets. I grew up on crappy chocolate that wasn’t even real chocolate so I didn’t really know where to turn for high quality, real ingredient chocolate. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a cheap chocolate bar? I was pretty surprised to see the ingredients – Milk Chocolate (sugar, milk, cocoa butter, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, vanillin, and artificial flavor). What are some of those ingredients?! I can’t believe I ate that kind of stuff for so long! It wasn’t until one day when I was wandering around Whole Foods, I found this adorable round disc of chocolate with extremely simple ingredients – cacao beans and cane sugar. That was it. The packaging explained it was a mexican-style chocolate but I didn’t know what that meant until I bit into the chocolate and instantly fell in love with the texture.

Mexican-style chocolate is different in the fact that it’s stone ground and minimally processed so the flavor of the cacao is much more intense and the texture is different than most chocolates you’ve tasted. Taza uses stone mills in their Somerville, MA factory to grind their ethically-sourced cacao and it truly does make all the difference! No bitter aftertaste like you can get sometimes with other chocolate. All of their chocolate is Certified USDA Organic, Direct Trade Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten Free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and kosher. They also were the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. They maintain direct relationships with cacao farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for exceptional cacao. Pretty damn cool.

And since trying their chocolate discs probably 6 years ago, Taza has grown so much. They have become one of the fastest growing natural chocolate brands and now have so many bars and flavors to choose from. Their flagship line is called Amaze Bars, with nine dark chocolate flavors currently available in stores nationwide! Here’s a the flavors you can snag for yourself:

  • 80% Dark Sea Salt & Almond
  • 70% Dark Coconut
  • 80% Dark Cacao Crunch
  • 60% Dark Toffee Sea Salt & Almond
  • 70% Dark Maple Pecan
  • 60% Dark Raspberry Crunch
  • 80% Dark Coconut Almond
  • 70% Dark Espresso Buzz
  • 95% Wicked Dark

Their chocolate Mexicano Discs include 8 creative flavors such as guajillo chili and cinnamon. And they also have Origin Bars that transport you directly to the source of the cacao such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Belize.

PaleOMG + Taza Chocolate & Their New Dark Bark (+ special discount for you!)

But today I’m here to tell you about their newest product – their Dark BarkDark Bark is a better-for-you snacking chocolate with just 6-7 grams of sugar per serving for most flavors. This seriously satisfying snack starts with organic, 80% dark stone ground chocolate. Then Taza mixes in crispy, protein-packed quinoa, and tops each variety with crunchy, crave-worthy ingredients like toasted almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Don’t worry, I know quinoa is not strict paleo, but I also know that many of you (including me) are mixing in more gluten-free grains into your diet and figuring out if they work for you!

These 80% dark chocolate snacking thins come in 5 different flavors:

  • Sea Salt & Almond
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Coconut Almond
  • Peppermint

And every single one of these flavors are absolutely delicious! This Dark Bark is made from the best ingredients including organic cacao beans, organic almonds, organic cane sugar, organic puffed quinoa, organic cocoa butter, sea salt, organic vanilla, and organic pumpkin seeds. After trying all 5 flavors…a few too many times…I think my favorite is the sea salt and almond. But the peppermint and the pumpkin seed both tie for second.

PaleOMG + Taza Chocolate & Their New Dark Bark (+ special discount for you!)

I created my website years ago to make healthier choices easier for anyone out there. And I wanted to show people that they have better options when it comes to what they feed themselves. And Taza is doing exactly that. They are proving that chocolate can be absolutely delicious without any of the added lactose, soy and unknown ingredients. The founder of Taza, Alex Whitmore, believes in not only making a better quality product for his customers, but he also believes that both the farmers and the chocolate makers should both benefit from creating an amazing product. You can see more about their Direct Trade here!

But enough about how awesome Taza is – let’s get chocolate into your hands RIGHT NOW! I’ve had an awesome relationship with Taza for years now (they even offered to supply chocolate for our wedding goodie bags – but taking that to Jamaica just wouldn’t have worked out) and they are kind enough to offer PaleOMG readers a 20% off discount for any tazachocolate.com order with the discount code PALEOMG! That means you can try their brand new Dark Bark (that you’re seriously going to be obsessed with), their Amaze Bars, Origin Bars and their Mexicano Discs all right now for 20% off! This offer is one time use per customer and expires August 31st, so grab it before this discount is gone! 

PaleOMG + Taza Chocolate & Their New Dark Bark (+ special discount for you!)


This post is sponsored by Taza, but all opinions are my own! This sponsorship helps with expenses to keep this blog up and running! Thank you for all your support!

PaleOMG + Taza Chocolate & Their New Dark Bark (+ special discount for you!)

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  1. melissa says:

    Thanks for the code Julie! How do these compare to the Evolve Chocolate that you spoke about in your podcasts? Are they better for you or taste better?

    1. juli says:

      it’s just different since eating evolved isn’t mexican style chocolate

    2. Tara Peters says:

      If I may offer another opinion. Eating Evolved doesn’t make chocolate; they melt chocolate. This isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing, it’s just different. Taza makes chocolate from bean-to-bar, meaning they go to origin, buy from origin, and process the cocoa beans themselves into chocolate. This allows them to be transparent in their trade, and gives them full control over the flavor of their chocolate and thus the entire end product.

      Eating Evolved is a marketing company that sells someone else’s chocolate in their own packaging. Someone else makes the chocolate, which they buy, melt, mix with their own ingredients, and temper into bars. There isn’t anything wrong with this. In fact, this is how MOST chocolate is made. But, IMHO, Taza is better and tastier because they actually MAKE it, entirely on their own, and thus each Taza bar is unique.

      Another company that does is this RAAKA, which makes low-sugar bars from the single origin, unroasted beans.

      Eating Evolved chooclate is fine but it’s a lot like Hu. Every bar is literally the same chocolate with just different toppings. I also don’t know where they are getting their chocolate from, so I don’t typically buy it (same with Hu). Also, coconut sugar is kind of gross tasting to me so I avoid it (because it’s honestly no different than sugar from a GI/health point).

  2. Kate says:

    Thank you! Love Taza chocolate but hadn’t heard about their Dark Bark until now.

    1. juli says:

      you’re gonna love it!

  3. Brittany says:

    Oh my goodness I can’t wait to try their dark bark! I just snacked on their Wicked Dark bar with a scoop of sunflower butter on top this weekend- it was delicious. So glad you did a post on this- just ordered your recommended kinds (with the discount which is awesome!) and since I only live 20 minutes from their factory store, I get to just pick it up! Thanks Juli!!

  4. Claire says:

    Aw maaaannnnnn. I almost DIED I was so excited about this – went straight to their site to order the variety pack with your code, but their shipping is $8,473 dollars. .::sob::.

    That’s less important. More important = you are, hands-down, my favorite online presence and I can’t believe this is my first comment. Yours was the very first blog I ever followed consistently, starting all the way back in 2011!! I will spare you a novel that showers you with devotion and praise, but I truly thank you for your swearing, generosity, recipes, gurl-talk, and inspiration on a daily basis. I think I never commented because I know you just get SO MANY love notes – what am I saying that others haven’t said time and time again? Whatever. You’re the fucking bomb and so is the way you cut your kale (ain’t no other way) and so is Jackson and I hope you make an appearance in NYC soon so I can fangirl and rain Evolve coconut cups on you in appreciation.

  5. Dana Leigh Lyons says:

    95% Wicked Dark is my favorite chocolate ever…and the Vanilla Chocolate Mexicano Discs are a super-close second!

  6. Robin says:

    Random question, what color/brand nail polish are you wearing right now in your IG stories, I love that pink 🙂

    1. juli says:

      CND cake pop

  7. Nicole says:

    What was the name of the murder podcast that you listen to and are addicted to?? I forgot the name you mentioned!