Organic Ecuador Dark bar
Weight: .4375 oz. (12.5 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 88 calories in 1/8 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
It was an Ecuador Dark bar from Equal Exchange (West Bridgewater, MA). It was from Ecuador. And it was Dark -- darker flavor than you'd expect for a bar with 65% cacao content, rather like a full-bodied, strong cup of coffee. That sums up today's chocolate, but it's not the end of the story.
This organic, fairly traded, single origin dark bar was made from cacao beans grown in the Manabi region of Ecuador, and it was produced for Equal Exchange (at an undisclosed location) in Switzerland. There also was a very subtle hint of vanilla (from Madagascar).
Equal Exchange makes a line of bars (using cacao from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador and Peru) and highlights small farmers and co-ops, and the individuals behind these organizations. Founded in 1986, Equal Exchange is, in fact, a worker owned co-op.