Friday, May 17, 2013

Marou - 78% Ben Tre bar - May 16, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Marou Chocolate
Ben Tre 78% bar
Good - Good+
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) in 1/4 bar / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 151 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, in Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

I've really enjoyed the great Vietnam chocolates I've had this week -- and all the Vietnamese food I felt compelled to sample, in the name of research.

Today's 78% dark chocolate, single origin bar from the Ben Tre province of Vietnam -- made by Marou Chocolate (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam) -- was the last in a series of attractively package Marou bars I featured this week.

The dark, tart, fruit acidity in this bar may have overshadowed more subtle flavor notes. However, I can see using this bold flavor to liven up a rich, but relatively bland dessert item -- e.g. grated, over a vanilla pot de creme; raisin cinnamon toast and cream cheese; or a croissant with some homemade whipped cream and strawberries on the side). The options are many.

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