Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Diego's - Chocolate with Cardamom - April 22, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Diego's Chocolate
Chocolate with Cardamom
Good - Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50.94 g.) for 1 roll
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in .5 oz. (14.1 g.) serving
Cost: $6.00 for 1 item/roll
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #1 of Chocolate and Central America Theme Week.

Last month I devoted a theme week to one Central American country: Nicaragua. Today, I'm following that up with week devoted to chocolates from 3 other countries in the region including Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica. (I have yet to find chocolates from Honduras.)

It's common to see carefully wrapped, chocolate "rolls" with twisted ends in parts of Mexico and Central America. Diego's Chocolate (San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala) cigar-shaped, chocolate rolls can be sliced into penny-sized servings of rich chocolate goodness.

Rustic in style, and slightly rougher in texture than your average chocolate bar, the flavors of today's fudge-y Chocolate with Cardamom offering remained bold, i.e. the flavors hadn't attenuated with processing. Tiny grains of chocolate, sugar and cardamom danced around in my mouth to create an authentic tasting treat.

Mayan grown and made in-country (tree-to-finished product in Guatemala), Diego's* Chocolate is imported into the U.S. by GlobeWright, LLC, and can be found on Etsy, and in the SF Bay Area at The Chocolate Garage (Palo Alto, CA); or in San Francisco at the Delores Park Cafe, Precita Park Cafe, or Duboce Park Cafe.

*And, yes, in case you were wondering, there really is a Diego. He and his family are continuing a chocolate-making tradition that began thousands of years ago in Latin America (the birthplace of cacao).

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