Science has been changing the game when it comes to vegan alternatives. From genetically engineered plant meat to fermented milk protein from microorganisms, the future of food is looking more sustainable.
Perfect Day has partnered with Mars Candy to create their first animal-free dairy chocolate bars for those of us who love animals, the planet, AND chocolate! Designed with sustainability in mind, CO2COA chocolate bars are wrapped in paper-based packing, are vegan, and Rainforest Alliance Certified. CO2COA‘s name is a play on Rainforest Alliance Certified COCOA + CO2 (carbon dioxide), referencing greenhouse gas emissions. Animal agriculture is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions (yes cow farts) that are negatively impacting our planet. With the use of Perfect Day‘s technology, we can anticipate a world filled with animal-free dairy that is better for the planet without exploiting animals.
CO2COA is the first animal-free dairy chocolate bar on the market, and I am here to tell you that the flavor and texture will blow your mind. The chocolate is smooth and creamy with a melt I have missed. The minute a chocolate pip hits your tongue it begins to melt into a sweet chocolate cream that is not at all bitter. This is a true milk chocolate bar, minus the cow.
I will do my best to explain Perfect Day‘s technology, but please note that I am not a science person, just your neighborhood vegan! Perfect Day uses precision fermentation to modify microflora (plant fungus) to create a 1:1 comparison for cow’s milk, without the animal. Basically, Perfect Day takes the DNA sequence for whey protein and copies it using synthetic nucleotides (chemical compounds for creating genetic material) then allows the microflora to feed on and begin to replicate the protein. Then Perfect Day takes the modified microflora and places it in fermentation tanks with water, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. The microflora then eats the sugar and converts it to whey protein. The protein is dried into a powder, and then used as you would a traditional cow’s milk powder in recipes for things like ice cream, cream cheese, and now chocolate! If all of that was like “whaa?- microorganisms with no body, brain, or nervous system replicate cow’s milk protein to create an “Animal Free Dairy” that is vegan but does contain a milk allergen due to its replicating milk exactly. Wild, huh?
CO2COA chocolate bars are available for a limited time at CO2COA.com as they are currently testing the product. They are bound to sell out soon, so be sure to snag your bar(s) with free one-day shipping while they are still available.
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