Cocanu GOMA

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This adorable little gray chocolate bar is called GOMA, a collaboration between Cocanu, a chocolate company in Portland, and its friends at Fisk Projects, a creative studio.

GOMA recalls memories of my month-long visit to Japan 10 years ago as a touring musician. Everything there was covered in sesame, even the candy. The trip was breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and it fueled the writing of a few songs for my consequent album. When Sebastian Cisneros from Cocanu says that GOMA takes inspiration from his memories of Japanese landscapes and treats, I get it, and have fallen even more in love with this bar.

This bar’s gray color comes from refining black sesame seeds with cocoa butter and milk powder, essentially making it a white chocolate tahini bar. It is then topped with matcha and white sesame seeds for contrast.

Back in the day, I wouldn't have enjoyed this chocolate, but it is so addictive that I can't stop. It has a strong umami quality, and the black sesame flavor is heavy. It is so oddly enjoyable that I forgot for a moment that this is technically a white chocolate.

If I could change anything about this, I would completely douse the bar in both black and white sesame seeds, giving it a massive crunch. Maybe I'll create my own version at home!

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Emily Koons