Friday, July 2, 2010
ChocolateBet: July 1, 2010
Il Cioccolato di Pasticcione
Le Monorigini (single origin) bar from Venezuela
Very Good - Very Good +
Weight: .75 oz. (21.2 g.) / 1.5 oz. (42 g.) in 1 bar (estimate)
Calories: 108 calories (estimate)
Cost: N/A - Thank you Rick!
Purchased from: Il Cioccolato di Pasticcione - dal 1937; shop in Rome, Italy
I love finding bars with no sugar. Smooth and dark, this fondente extra, 100 percent cacao bar, senza zucchero (with no sugar), had a little bit of a flavor arc (which I like). I didn't get a lot of distinct, sharp or unique notes that might help me immediately recognize the country of origin (Venezuela). However, I am not a super-taster (yes, they exist), and I also didn't taste this side-by-side with any other similar bars, which might have been helpful.
I believe this chocolate may have contained a bit of cocoa butter and a hint of vanilla. However, the mention of the aroma of vanilla listed on the label could have been meant as a tasting note rather than a literal description of contents. Perhaps someday I will fly over to Rome to ask the shopowners.
Thank you to Rick who kindly sacrificed this chocolate bar for the cause, meaning this bar's appearance on Day #2 (July 1) of Chocolate and Single Origin Theme Week.