An awesome friend brought me a bar of al-Nassma camel chocolate from the UAE. It’s been two years or so since I first heard about camel chocolate and I’ve been dying to try it. Camel milk is supposedly superior to cow milk in all kinds of ways, plus, camels!
The bar is a 70% chocolate bar, which is way “darker” than I ordinarily like (Hershey’s Special Dark is 45%), but this bar is so creamy I would have guessed it was a milk chocolate bar. Very tasty and feels great going down.
Here are a couple reviews I found, with more detail: at Candy Blog
and Chocolate Ratings.
And here’s the official site: http://www.al-nasma.com/
UPDATE: I finally had the sense to read the wrapper. The ingredients are as follows: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, whole camel milk powder (2%), honey, bourbon vanilla. Cocoa: 70% minimum. May contain traces of nuts and soy lecithin.
Eventually I need to get my hands on some of this.
Containing less fat, less lactose and five times more vitamin C, with more insulin, the company claims camel mild chocolate will be much healthier than chocolate produced from cow’s milk. The camel chocolate will have no preservatives, or additives and will be flavoured with local popular spices, nuts and honey.
Martin Van Almsick, company manager said “It’s a luxury product, so we will never be in supermarkets. The plan is to be in one mall in each UAE city”. The chocolate is currently being sold in luxury hotels and private airlines in Dubai.
It is thought that camel milk has healing properties against jaundice, malaria, diabetes and constipation. Raw camel milk can be kept unspoiled for around seven days, compared to the much lesser life span of cow’s milk.