Sunday, March 29, 2015

Franceschi - Canoabo 70% - March 29, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Franceschi Chocolate
Canoabo 70% bar
Very Good
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) total package of 2 thin bars
Calories: 165 calories in 1 thin bar (1/2 package)
Cost: $ missing info
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week. There are so many complex and interesting single origin bars from Venezuela, that I've extended this week beyond seven days.

The Canoabo 70% bar from Franceschi Chocolate (Venezuela) was rich and wonderful. The flavors from beginning to end were consistently and wonderfully balanced -- encompassing floral, fruit, sweet, bitter, in just the right amounts.

My only quibble with this award-winning* bar was there was the occasional very tiny bit of grit in an otherwise smooth and well-tempered thin bar. (I've noticed this same quality on and off in other Franceschi bars as well. Small price to pay for excellent chocolate.)

Loved the packaging, and the two thin bars in one package from Venezuela (Franceschi and Cacao de Origen) this past week. The thinness permits ready access to flavors during the tasting process. And, speaking of packaging, Franceschi also produces small tasting square versions of this bar.

*Franceschi received an International Chocolate Awards Gold award in 2013 for their Canoabo 70% bar after receiving a Silver award in this same category in 2012.

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