Sunday, December 7, 2014

24 Blackbirds - Madagascar 75% bar - Dec. 7, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

twenty-four blackbirds chocolates, LLC
Madagascar 75% bar
Good ++
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 105 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Sweet Shop, Los Altos, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Africa Theme Week.

After 8 years of trying different chocolates, it's always fun to try new bars. Today's bar comes from a bean-to-bar maker located on the South Central Coast of California.

The Madagascar 75% cacao bar from twenty-four blackbirds chocolate (Santa Barbara, CA) had a complex and interesting flavor arc. I'm convinced I might pick up slightly different nuances if I re-tasted this bar again. However, this first time, I picked up a slight bitterness, sour-tart fruit (berries, citrus) flavor, with a very faint hint of licorice.

The maker(s) at twenty-four blackbirds crafted this bar with organic Malagasy cacao beans from Akesson's plantation in the Ambanja region of Madagascar, and organic cane sugar. The bar broke with a hard snap and had a smooth texture.

Today I took a hike in Napa county where I'd seen one of the biggest flocks of (mixed) blackbirds I ever remember seeing a few years ago. I saw a dozen or so blackbirds on a telephone wire -- reminiscent of the simple, elegantly designed paper packaging for twenty-four blackbirds chocolate bars.

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