Monday, October 3, 2016

Artisana - Venezuelan Cacao Criollo 85% bar - Oct. 3, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Artisana Organics
Venezuelan Chocolate Cacao Criollo
Dark 85 percent bar
Good ++
Weight: 1.35 oz. (37.5 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 225 calories in 3/4 bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Bienvenidos a (Welcome to) Day #3 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

Today's bar is the first in a series of three Venezuelan Chocolate Cacao Criollo bars from Artisana Organics (distributed by Premier Organics, Oakland, CA). This first bar is the darkest of the three, and by that I mean it contained the highest percentage of cacao, weighing in at 85 percent.

Artisana, founded by Santiago Cuenca-Romero and Saul Amarista, has cacao-growing roots in Venezuela extending back to the 1700s. The company follows fair trade practices and use organic farming methods (and Rainforest Alliance Certified Cacao), and sends sun-dried beans in Venezuela to chocolatiers in Switzerland. The company offers a line of chocolate bars, nut and seed butters, and other products.

This 85 percent Venezuela dark bar, attractively packaged in a gold foil wrapper, had a sweet hot cocoa aroma with a hint of vanilla, a smooth melt and even taste and texture, and had a slightly bitter finish that faded to a clean aftertaste. I enjoyed the lower sugar level in this bar.

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