Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Amano - Chuao Dark Venezuelan Chocolate bars - Oct. 11, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Amano Chocolate
Chuao Village Venezuela Dark Chocolate bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .8 oz. (22.4 g.) / 2 oz. (56 g.) in total bar
Calories: 113 calories in 2/5 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Amano Chocolate

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

We're coming to the end of Venezuela Week. I'll miss this very special origin chocolate; but there are so many other chocolates waiting in in the wings, that I can't complain too much. Adventure awaits.

The last bars from Venezuela, (two today and one tomorrow), were from Amano Artisan Chocolate (Orem, Utah). A few years ago, Amano started moving to new, slightly larger packaging. I happen to have two Amano Chuao bars: one in the older packaging and one in the new packaging.

These two Chuao bars were made from beans that were grown in the same village area in north central Venezuela and sun-dried in front of an historic church—although the two bars bore different Lot numbers.

I tried the two Amano 70 percent Chuao Venezuela Dark Chocolate bars, side by side. Both had a smooth dark chocolate texture, and bright, berry fruit flavor notes; and each bar consisted of 15 segments/squares, each stamped with the words "Amano Artisan Chocolate."

The Chuao Reserve bar in the older packaging (Lot No. 3/4302A) had slightly bolder berry (think blackberry and blueberry) flavors.

The Chuao Reserve bar in the newer packaging (Lot No. 3/5005) had a slightly more subtle, complex tasting arc that encompassed berry + cream + slight floral + very light nut flavor notes.

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