Dick Taylor Chocolate
72% Belize bar
Good - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
This award*-winning 72% cacao Belize bar was crafted by Dick Taylor Chocolate (Eureka, CA), using beans from Maya Mountain Cacao, in the Toledo district in Southern Belize.
The flavors were rich, robust and well balanced.
The two Northern California chocolate makers behind these bars -- Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor -- eschew vanilla, emulsifiers and added cocoa butter to focus on creating the best bar possible. Successful execution requires precise attention to many tasks and details, and the ability to coax the optimal flavors from a batch of cacao beans that may vary from year to year.
The company's award-winning packaging illustrations are done by Dustin's brother, graphic designer Garrett Taylor (who is also an illustrator at Pixar).
*Northwest Chocolate Festival (Seattle), Bronze - 2013; Good Food Awards (San Francisco) winner - 2014; Academy of Chocolate Awards (London), Bronze - 2015