Thursday, March 29, 2012

Madecasse - Exotic Pepper bar - March 29, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Madecasse Chocolate
Exotic Pepper bar
Good +
Weight: .528 oz. (15 g.) / 2.64 oz. (75 g.) ttl bar
Calories: 77 calories (estimate) for 1/5 bar
Cost: $6.49 total bar
Purchased from: Farm Fresh Store, Ferry Bldg., SF, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Spicy Pepper Theme Week.

If you want to experience some of the more beautiful flavor notes from pepper -- without the hot spots or grit of most commercially available freshly ground peppercorns -- then I highly recommend trying this 70% cocoa Exotic Pepper bar, made with tsiperifery pepper (and pink and black pepper) from Madecasse Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).

Madecasse is one of a handful of chocolate makers developing bean-to-bar offerings in Madagascar -- closer to where cacao beans are grown. Most chocolate bars are made in North America, Europe, Asia, or elsewhere -- closer to the brand origin vs. the cacao origin. The hope is that developing closer relationships with farmers and those involved in the initial processing of cacao in-country may result more local jobs and better chocolate.

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