Friday, December 5, 2014

Trader Joe's - Ghana bar - Dec. 5, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Ghana 70% bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .8 oz. (22.5 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 230 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ 9.99 for total pack of 8 bars
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Palo Alto, CA

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

The Ghana 70% bar featured today was part of the Chocolate Passport, this year's single origin tasting pack, from Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA).

The Western African nation of Ghana (a little smaller in area than Wyoming)

is the second largest cacao exporting country in the world. Given this fact, there were surprisingly few Ghana single origin bars for a long while. Thanks in part due to growing interest in fine flavored cacao and single region and plantation high-value bars in general, this has changed.

Today's 70% cacao dark bar broke with a good snap, had a slight spice and nut aroma. It had a nice buttery melt and nut butter like creaminess, and a hint of fruit flavor. All in all this was a smooth, very approachable bar with no bitter or funky overtones.

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