Friday, September 18, 2015

Raaka - Lapsang Chai Bolivia bar - Sept. 18, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Raaka Chocolate
Lapsang Chai Bolivia bar
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50.9 g.) in total bar
Calories: 144.4 calories in 1 oz. (28.3 g.) of bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bristol Farms, Westfield Centre, San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Bolivia Theme Week.

This Lapsang Chai Bolivia 66% cacao bar was made (bean-to-bar) by Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY), using unroasted cacao.

The lapsang souchong tea and chai spices (cardamom, coriander) were very subtle, and the flavor additions seemed to spring from the cacao itself -- with a very slight hint of floral tea and spice and light marshmallow. (The bar did contain some marshmallow root.)

Even the normally dominant smoky flavor of lapsang souchong tea (which I love) seemed to disappear in a relatively balanced way into the overall flavor profile. Artful flavor blending.

The texture was very slightly grainy, like one might find in flavorful, stoneground chocolates.

This bar with the graphically pleasing wrapper was also soy, nut and gluten free, and vegan.








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