KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar
Ranked 2 of 32 in Edibles for Flavor and Effect
Activation time: 5/5
Overall score: 5
Head High Medium
Body High Medium
This dark chocolate bar comes in attractive cardboard packaging complete with an embossed cannabis leaf at the top. Opening this cardboard exterior, we found a foil wrapping within, and inside this wrapping we found a long, thin chocolate bar with 20 rectangular sections.
Breaking off two of these sections, we savored the flavor of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar. As expected from dark chocolate, the bar was relatively bitter, but this bitterness was offset by a hint of sour blackberry flavoring.
Instead of being gritty or waxy, our THC-infused dark chocolate bar had a creamy texture that was more reminiscent of milk chocolate. Despite containing 5mg of THC per section, the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar didn’t have a noticeable cannabis taste. However, the taste of cannabis is easy to overpower with cacao, so we aren’t sure whether the cannabis flavor was non-existent due to KIVA using refined THC distillate or whether it was simply masked.
We decided to eat two 5mg sections of our THC-infused chocolate bar. Like most THC edibles, it took a while for the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar to start delivering effects. Around 30 minutes after we ingested this chocolate bar, the preliminary effects set in, and we started experiencing the primary effects around 40 minutes after ingestion.
We noticed the effects of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar for around 90 minutes after ingestion, at which point the effects of this chocolate bar started to dissipate, leaving behind a sense of mild relaxation. We didn’t experience any negative aftereffects at all.
Let’s summarize the key points regarding the activation time and effects of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar:
We found that 2-3 sections of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar provided an ideal THC edible experience without tossing us into a chocolate coma. Eat more at a time if you really love chocolate or you want to get truly blazed.
Containing 54% cacao, the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar isn’t that dark, but it’s dark enough to please cacao lovers. With natural blackberry flavoring, a simple chocolate recipe, and contaminant-free cannabis extract, this chocolate bar didn’t contain anything that we’d rather not consume.
Founded in 2010 by Scott and Kristi Palmer, KIVA is now one of the country’s biggest edibles brands with placement in dispensaries in California, Arizona, and Illinois. KIVA employs more than 200 people, and this brand uses sustainably-grown California cannabis and sustainable cacao to produce its chocolate products.
In addition to chocolates, KIVA also produces two different lines of gummies, a line of mints, and a line of chocolate “bites” that contain berries and other natural ingredients that add unique textures. After our highly enjoyable experience with the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar, we’re looking forward to trying everything else this brand offers as well.
Here are the key highlights of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar:
The KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar is ideal for anyone who wants to experience THC in chocolate form. At $25 per 100mg bar, KIVA’s chocolate bars are relatively inexpensive, and they aren’t so gourmet that they’ll turn away cannabis lovers who aren’t that into San Francisco-esque flavor pairing.
While the effects of the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar weren’t that strong, they weren’t negligible either, making this chocolate bar ideal for individuals who want to enjoy minimal THC buzzes without getting blitzed. Containing sustainable, natural ingredients, the KIVA Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar caters to cannabis users who prefer organic products.
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written by Samuel Popejoy, video by Chad Waldman