Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Twenty-four Blackbirds - 75% Oko Caribe bar - August 4, 2015

Chocolate of the Day:

Twenty-four Blackbirds Chocolate, LLC
75% Oko Caribe bar
Good ++
Weight: .5 oz. (14 g.) in 1 small bar
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $2.50 (estimate)
Purchased from: lost info.

Today was Day #14 of Chocolate and Santa Barbara Theme Week. A double-header of a chocolate week is more likely to happen when there are too many good chocolates to try in a given thematic area or region.

Santa Barbara has a relatively high Chocolate IQ*. Even after the past two weeks of sampling, there are still plenty more chocolates from this beautiful coastal city to try in the future.

Twenty-four Blackbirds Chocolate (Santa Barbara, CA) produces micro-batch chocolates crafted from bean to bar in Santa Barbara, carefully wrapped in brown paper.

The company is not open to the general public, but their hand-crafted single origin chocolate dark chocolate bars can be found in a number of shops, and their bars, drinking chocolate and cacao nibs can also be purchased online.

Today's slim two-ingredient bar, "engraved" with a single graceful feather on one side, was made from cacao beans from the Dominican Republic and organic sugar. It had stronger/bolder flavor than yesterday's Ecuador bar -- with some clean citrus fruit notes up front, followed by balanced but bitter earth and roasted coffee notes.

*High Chocolate IQ - adjective; refers to a city or region with a high number of high-quality chocolate shops, and chocolate offerings, and/or an area with high number of chocolate makers and degree of chocolate-making activity, expertise and appreciation. 
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