For all the wonderful and amazing things about food trucks, one of the biggest problems is how quick they are to change. You can do plenty of research online and find websites that assure you of the operating hours and locations of a trailer, only to discover when you go there that it has moved, changed its hours or completely shut down. Fortunately, that sometimes leads to discovering new trailers worth a visit, like the rather amazing and perfectly Austin trailer, Chocosutra. This trailer is so new that the logo hasn’t been painted on it yet, but it is recognizable thanks to the curling murals of flowers and a peacock on the side.
On a day-to-day basis, you can head to this spot for in-house chocolate bon-bons that are truly delicious, gluten free, soy free all natural “raw brownies” and a lengthy menu of herbal teas and “chocolixirs.” What’s a chocolixir, you ask? “It’s like coffee, except you get your energy from the raw cacao instead of caffeine,” said part owner Snoopy Storey. “We’re like a hippie Starbucks,” she added. They also make some savory options on the weekends, including spicy chocolate guacamole and a chocolate poblano corn stew that I’m dying to try when I can get there on a weekend. Without those options on hand, I decided to go with a chocolixir and a couple treats to kick off my day.
First, the best of what I ordered, which was one of the chocolate bonbons. Chocosutra has an assortment of flavors, and I picked one with thieves oil that Snoopy described as having a “kind of chai” taste from cloves, cardamom and other herbs in the oil. The chocolate was rich, smooth and only slightly sweet, and the sides of it melted slightly just from being held with two fingers. The flavoring in the chocolate added a slightly salty tang mixed with a very peppery and herb like aroma that filled my mouth and nostrils. It was very interesting and unique, and in some ways was like a very strong herbal chai. I also ordered one of the raw brownies, which was tasty and interesting, and worth a try for people with special dietary considerations. The brownies were gluten and soy free, and would be vegan except for the use of honey as a sweetener. The brownies had an odd texture (I assume from the lack of wheat flour,) but it wasn’t off-putting. There were plenty of nuts in the brownie as well as dates which made it taste more like a slice of an unusual carrot cake mixed with cocoa powder than the kinds of brownies I usually eat.
Finally to the chocolixir, which was unlike anything I have ever had before – and in a good way. Deciding what type of chocolixir to get wasn’t easy, mainly because I wasn’t sure what most of the ingredients were. I ordered the “inner nurturer” because it had lavender, one ingredient I recognized and have enjoyed with chocolate. From my first sip, a part of me was expecting something like a hot chocolate with herbal flavors, but it was really more like coffee or tea.
In looks and texture, the drink is like a latte. You can taste the raw chocolate flavor in the drink without sweetness but with the rich bitterness of coffee. The strong aromatic and herbal taste of the lavender offsets the rest of the drink in strange and interesting ways. I got used to the flavor after a few sips and could see how it would make a nice sipping drink in a morning or afternoon and, as advertised, the drink did give me a nice little pick me up.
When I got home, I looked up what the other ingredients in the drink were. The other two ingredients were Chaga, (which I’m still a little unclear on, except that it appears to be an extract with some positive health properties) and colostrum, which I now know is milk produced by cows while they are pregnant. (Chocosutra has a long pro-colostrum YouTube video on their Facebook page, if you have the desire to learn more.)
It's exactly the kind of place with a strong holistic world view that you would expect to find in a town like Austin. I don't know what health benefits I might have gotten from my trip, but anyone who likes unique flavor combinations can enjoy the truly tasty chocolates made at Chocosutra.
Chocosutra is located in the Jessie Street Eats trailer park behind Thom’s Grocery at 415 Jessie Street. Chocosutra is open from 10 am to 8 p.m Wednesday and Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.