Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Santander Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs - Sept. 23, 2015

Chocolate of the Day:

Chocolate Santander
Santander Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
Very Good
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.25 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total package
Calories: 225 calories (estimate) for 1.5 oz. (42.45 g.) serving
Cost: $3.95 for 1 package
Purchased from: Chocosphere (online order)

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

Cocoa nibs are ground bits of cocoa beans. And fresh cacao nibs are full of aroma and flavor.

When I opened this small (100 g.) package of Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs that I ordered from the Chocosphere website, I was greeted by the intoxicating smell of freshly baked brownies, made with cacao that had a very pleasing, well-rounded, almost nutty flavor profile.

Each small nib was coated with Santander (Colombian single origin) 53% dark chocolate and had a soft crunch.

I could eat these all day long.

Santander is the name of a department in Colombia, with fertile soil in the Yariguies Mountains, where cacao is grown. Chocolate Santander is the name of a company based in Colombia -- one of the only single origin, chocolate makers producing chocolate in-country (vs. shipping beans overseas to chocolate makers, typically in the Northern Hemisphere). Fortunately, for those in the U.S., it can also be found and ordered online.

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