Saturday, December 12, 2015

Chocolat Bonnat - Vale do Juliana Bresil 75% bar - Dec. 11, 2015

Chocolate of the Day:

Chocolat Bonnat
Vale do Juliana "Bresil" 75% bar
Good++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.16 oz. (33.3 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1/3 bar (12 squares)
Cost: $12.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Today's Vale do Juliana "Bresil" 75% cacao bar was made by Chocolat Bonnat (France). I was able to purchase two of these single origin Brazil bars (online) from Chocosphere (Tualatin, OR).

Vale do Juliana is the name of a fazienda (farm) located in the heart of coastal area Pratigi (in the municipality of Igrapiuna), in the state of Bahia, in Eastern Brazil. Chocolat Bonnat bars are known for their creamy texture and good flavor.

Today's bar had a faint aroma, a very creamy smooth texture, and a great tasting arc. The description printed on the bar's packaging reads: "This chocolate will offer the delicate fruity scents of earth and enthusiasm of character of the men who work." OK, maybe this description is not the best translation from French into English

People sometimes ask me how I evaluate chocolate. Great aroma, texture, flavor are all important. A great tasting arc is another answer I give. A fine chocolate is not overly homogenized; but rather it will give you a great ride, where beautifully complex flavors unfold, generally over a 10-15 second timeframe.

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