Friday, May 16, 2014

Raaka Chocolate - Bourbon Cask Aged bar - May 16, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Raaka Chocolate
Bourbon Cask Aged, Ecuador 82% bar
Good+ - Very good
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (56.6 g.) total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.98 for 1 bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

This Bourbon Cask Aged dark (82% cacao) bar from Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY) was something special. Made from unroasted cacao beans, you might get the incorrect impression that this vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free bar would be missing something -- but this was not the case.

Using a hint of both cane sugar and maple sugar to add light sweetness, and aging cocoa nibs (cacao bean bits from Ecuador) in bourbon barrels to impart some fruit, wood and smoke notes to the finished bar was a brilliant idea. (The Raaka bar's packaging also lists caramel and vanilla as possible flavors you might taste.)

Raaka Chocolate also lists their cacao as being organic and fairly traded

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