Friday, March 18, 2016

Chocolate Momotombo - Naranja y Cafe Chocolates - Mar. 16, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Chocolate Momotombo
1.) Naranja Chocolate
2.) Cafe Chocolate
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .424 oz. (12 g.) for 2 pieces (out of 3-piece box)
Calories: 64 calories (estimate) in two pieces
Cost: N/A - gift from hotel (where I was staying)
Purchased from: N/A - gift for guests at Hotel Los Robles, Managua, Nicaragua

Today was a continuation of a special Nicaraguan chocolate field trip.* This Central American country has a rich history of cacao-cultivation and consumption, dating back thousands of years.

Chocolate Momotombo is located in the capital city of Nicaragua (Managua). Our group stayed a few blocks from the Momotombo Chocolate Factory (at Hotel Los Robles) -- where last night we enjoyed a Pre-Colombian feast prepared by Momotombo founder and head chocolatemaker, Carlos Mann (see previous post).

Happily, the Hotel Los Robles supplied guests with a small, 3-piece gift box of Momotombo chocolates. So, I unwrapped and sampled the Naranja (Orange)** and Cafe (Coffee) flavors today as my first chocolates of the day. (That's right, there will be more chocolate today. See next post for the second Nicaraguan chocolate, eaten later in the day.)

There's nothing like Momotombo's slightly earthy, full-bodied dark chocolate flavor. The orange and coffee flavor additions were natural-tasting and well balanced in these individually-wrapped, cocoa bean-shaped chocolates.

*This trip was organized by The Chocolate Garage (Palo Alto, CA). Just as this retail operation offers a carefully curated collection of high-quality, "happy chocolate," the trip offered an expert view into the cacao in Nicaragua, with visits to local cacao farms and a fermentary, as well as meetings with chocolatemakers, and more.

** I featured the Momotombo Orange chocolate a few years ago, but am mentioning it again with the company's Coffee chocolate. The two flavors complemented each other nicely.

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