Sunday, September 20, 2015

Castronovo Chocolate - Dark Milk Colombia bar - Sept. 20, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Castronovo Chocolate
Dark Milk Chocolate 63% Criollo and Trinitario Cacao (Colombia) bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .73 oz. (20.8 g.) / 2.2 oz. (62.4 g.) in total bar
Calories: 111 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.

Yesterday I featured a dark chocolate bar made with Colombian cacao from Castronovo Chocolate. And today, I'm featuring the company's Dark Milk Chocolate 63% cacao bar (also made from a mix of Criollo and Trinitario cacao).

Founder and chocolatemaker, Denise Castronovo, produces hand-crafted bean-to-bar, single origin bars in Stuart, Florida.

I don't know whether the chocolatemaker blended two different batches of cacao (Criollo beans from Criollo cacao trees, and Trinitario beans from a Trinitario tree), or whether she was able to purchase beans that came from cacao pods/trees that contained two different types of seeds (or beans) in the same pod (fruit). This is possible.

In any case, the cacao originated from the Sierra Nevada coastal mountain range of Colombia in South America. And the results were great.

This 63% cacao dark milk chocolate bar had a creamy mouthfeel, rich caramel notes and hints chocolate + nut flavor. (There were no nuts in this bar.)

On the back of the packaging was listed the batch # (292) and more about the cacao.

For those who prefer only dark chocolate, this dark milk bar illustrates that there are some great single origin milk chocolate bars out there.

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