Thursday, September 24, 2015

Santander - Colombian Single Origin 65% bar - Sept. 24, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Nacional de Chocolates
Chocolate Santander
Colombian Single Origin Dark Chocolate - 65% cacao bar
Good++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 175 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $2.90 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocosphere (online)

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.

This Chocolate Santander Colombian Single Origin bar was made by Compania Nacional de Chocolates (affiliated with food processor Grupo Nutresa, Medellin, Colombia), an organization that had its beginnings in 1920.

Today's 65% dark chocolate bar (and other Chocolate Santander bars) are made with cacao beans from many family farms across the department* of Santander in Eastern Colombia, a region known for growing fine cacao and coffee.

This thick, gluten free and kosher bar had a smooth mouthfeel and melt, and tasted like a rich, sweet, fudgey, nutty chocolate brownie. It was a "brownie" bar through and through, had a brief sweet fruit-nut brightness, and a hint of smooth earthiness toward the end.

*Colombia is divided into 32 departments and 1 capital district (Bogota) -- similar to the way that the U.S. has 50 states and our capital district area is Wash., D.C.

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