Chocolate of the Day:
San Jose Del Tombo bar
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.)/ 3 oz. (85 g.) total bar
Calories: 72 calories
Cost: $9.00 total bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, in Palo Alto, CA
This farmer-forward, 70% dark chocolate bar from Askinosie Chocolate (Springfield, Missouri), broke with a hard snap. And chocolate was smooth and rich, with a relatively tame flavor arc -- without any strong acidic, or harsh notes.
Askinosie Chocolate founder and chocolate maker, Shawn Askinosie, stresses "real people, real places" -- and the picture you'll see on this package is a likeness of Vitaliano Saravia, who "helped gather and ferment the cocoa beans" in Ecuador for this bar (Lot #052511, made with Arriba Nacional variety cacao beans).
Last, but not least, I do like the letter tile mold for Askinosie bars. One day I'll purchase enough bars to play a game of chocolate scrabble with a few fellow chocolate lovers.