Sunday, February 21, 2016

Endorfin Foods - Madagascar 80% Cacao bar - Feb. 21, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Endorfin Foods
Madagascar Single Origin Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 105 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.00 (was one of 9-bar box for $45.00)
Purchased from: Endorfin Foods table at Fall Chocolate Salon, San Francisco, CA

Today we say good-bye to Madagascar Theme Week, after we enjoy one last bar from this island nation from Endorfin Foods (Oakland, CA).

The company's ultra-dark, 80% cacao, Madagascar Single Origin Dark Chocolate bar was made with organic unroasted cacao and organic coconut sugar. It had a subtle, pleasing aroma, with notes of red fruit, raisin, and faint brown sugar and spice.

Like many bars with a high percent of cocoa solids, the aroma can be "sweeter" or milder than the actual taste.

The Tasting Notes/Profile information printed on the package mentioned: "Raspberry, kumquat, red wine tannin." This bar did have a dark, acidic "tannic" bite to it, but the throat-grabbing quality diminished after the first bite, increasingly allowing other flavors to come to the fore with each subsequent bite.

As they say in Malagasy: Mazotoa homana! Rahampitso indray ary e*—when we'll move on to a Chocolate and Almond theme week.

*This Malagasy phrase roughly translates to: Bon apetit! See you tomorrow.

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