Thursday, February 11, 2016

Artisan du Chocolat - Vietnam bar - Feb. 11, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Artisan du Chocolat
Vietnam bar
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.59 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 238 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $ lost info
Purchased from: Artisan du Chocolat (online order)

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Some Enchanted Islands Theme Week.

Today we move to Vietnam—not technically an island* nation, but a country with islands, and a very long coastline bordering on The South China Sea.

I'm including three Vietnam single origin bars in this theme week, because an someone once insisted to me that Vietnam was an island. That is more than some people know about geography.

I like using chocolate to help us all learn more about the world. And, I've virtually traveled to more countries than I've actually visited; so I'm including myself in that "us".

Some of the most well-known islands off Vietnam might be in the Ha Long Bay area in the north. However, most of the cacao grown in Vietnam comes from warmer, inland South Vietnam, near the Mekong River and/or Mekong River Delta.

Artisan du Chocolat - Vietnam bar

Artisan du Chocolat (London) makes a series of bars with great flavor inclusions (e.g., Masala Chai, Orchid and Orange Blossom, Ginger and Lemongrass, Buffalo Milk, etc.) in addition to single origin bars -- such as today's Vietnam dark chocolate limited edition - 72% Cocoa bar.

The Trinitario cacao beans used to make this Vietnam dark bar were grown in the Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, a coastal province, East of the Mekong Delta.

The bar had a pleasant sweet cocoa, spice and light fruit aroma, and flavor.

Tasting notes printed on the bar's packaging: "...Surprisingly mellow at the start, this chocolate melts with a long and slightly peppery bitter finish."

Note: Like many single origin, limited edition bars, this one may no longer be available.

*Vietnamese islands include the 2,000 limestone islets that jut up from the sea in the Ha Long Bay area; Phu Quoc; Bach Long Vi; Cat Ba; the Can Dao islands; and others. 

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