Vivra set up shop ten years ago in Boston, Massachusetts. Founders Bob and Paige both grew up loving chocolate in Paris, after which they embarked on a chocolatier journey of their own. Self-described as “simple, elegant, and timeless,” they cover all the classics, like pure dark, milk, and white chocolate. The ever-intriguing menu of artisan bars range from deliciously familiar, like Salted Almond Toffee and Pumpkin Spice, to novel and intriguing, like Siena Fig and Thai Satay.
Let’s talk about the English Garden bar. Vivra describes it as “sure to please and surprise,” equating it to “a refreshing stroll through a chocolate garden.”
Does it live up to its reputation? Absolutely.
The 65% dark chocolate base is creamy, never bitter, with the perfect smoothness that melts in your mouth for a clean finish. It’s the kind of dark chocolate that doesn’t make you thirsty, meaning it would go well with coffee or tea, but it’s such a full flavor that it stands strong on its own. Once you dive deeper beneath the chocolate, the zesty meyer lemon swirls up. It’s bright, but not tart (think a lemon bar, not lemonade). French candied violets add a delicate sweetness, balanced by interesting herbal notes of basil and thyme.
Even with so many flavors, the bar is light and won’t weigh you down. It’s a great dark chocolate for people that don’t usually like dark chocolate, and a unique elevation for those that do. The bar contains more cocoa mass than sugar, and uses all clean, pronounceable ingredients. This is the chocolate you want when you’re full from dinner but still want a sweet bite!