El Castillo del Cacao
Chocolate with Roasted Cacao Nibs bar
(Chocolate con Trozos de Cacao)
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 105 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $37 (Cordobas), or approx. $1.35 (USD) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Hotel San Jose, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
This Chocolate with Roasted Cacao Nibs bar from El Castillo del Cacao (Matagalpa, Nicaragua) was the second Nicaraguan chocolate of the day, part of a chocolate field trip in Central America.
This small but substantial, 100% organic dark bar tasted relatively smooth and interesting, although the texture was somewhat rustic (in the traditional manner, where cacao is slightly more coarse).
Cacao nibs added extra crunch. The cacao beans used were local—grown and/or obtained within a few hours from El Castillo del Cacao.