Thursday, May 15, 2014

Raaka Chocolate - Ecuador 85% bar - May 15, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Raaka Chocolate
Ecuador - Aproca Co-op, 85% bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in 1/4 bar
Cost: $7.98 for 1 bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

This dark bar from bean-to-bar chocolate maker Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY), was made from unroasted cacao beans, from the Aproca Co-op in Ecuador.

The bar had a nice sheen; a dark and earthy flavor; and a relatively flat flavor arc, without the boost you might get from a chocolate bar with a sugar or fruit sparkle.

This 85% dark bar was constructed with a higher percentage of cacao solids and, as a result, less sugar. Some will like the lack of sweetness; but there can be trade-offs with bars this dark -- like fewer light fruit, citrus or floral notes. "Brighter" flavors often are present in bars with a lower cacao percentage (e.g. 70% cacao), and a relatively high(er) percentage of sugar.

Tasting notes on the bar's wrapper read: almonds, molasses (and nutty).

This Raaka Chocolate bar was vegan, gluten free, nut free and soy free.

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