Dong Nai 72% bar
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 146 calories
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.
I've been working my way through a line of single origin dark chocolate bars from Marou Chocolate (based in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam). The five Marou bars I have range from a 70% Tien Giang bar to a 78% Ben Tre bar.
Today's attractive, glossy Marou 72% dark chocolate bar was made from cacao beans grown in the upper Dong Nai region. The bar had good balanced fruit acidity with a slight raisin flavor; however, I did not taste the cinnamon note that I enjoyed in yesterday's 70% Tien Giang bar.
Merci to the French for introducing cacao to Vietnam in the late 1800s. I'm guessing cacao is largely grown in the southern part of Vietnam, in the Mekong River Delta area, and in the Highlands, in areas with taller trees that can help provide shade for cacao trees.