Saturday, May 11, 2013

Marou 70% Tien Giang bar - May 10, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
Tien Giang 70% (bar)
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .865 oz. (25 g.) in 1/4 bar / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 147 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Tasting chocolates from one country has been a great way to learn more about the history, culture and flavors of a specific place in the world. Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week. There aren't that many artisan chocolate makers from Vietnam. One of the first (of possibly more to come) is Marou - Faiseurs de Chocolat, whose founders have French roots.

Today's 70% dark chocolate Tien Giang bar from Marou (Saigon, Vietnam) was made with Trinitario cacao beans, "organically grown by farmers in the Cho Gao Co-op in the Mekong (River) Delta."

Tasting notes on the packaging describe this bar as full-bodied. The bar gave off a very faint smell of sweet tobacco, although when I bit into the bar, there was no tobacco taste, but rather a nice, acid-fruit flavor spectrum -- primarily raisin/plum with some spice, rum raisin cinnamon toast.

Très Jolie
The beautiful "wallpaper" packaging used to wrap this line of single origin bars (from different regions, farmers, co-ops in Vietnam) was mesmerizing, as good design often is. I found myself laying out the family of five different Marou bars I bought from The Chocolate Garage (Palo Alto, CA) -- onto a large, lush green, banana leaf-colored paper with a side of pearls, just so I could admire them all. Très chic.

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