Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hageland - Madagascar 32% Milk Chocolate bar - Feb. 18, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Limited Selection
Madagascar 32% Milk Chocolate bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .858 oz. (25.08 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 152 calories in 2 squares of bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Madagascar Theme Week.

Today's Hageland (Belgium) single origin, milk chocolate bar was made with a blend of Criollo, Trinitario and Forastero cacao beans* from Madagascar—the fourth largest island in the world, located off the southeastern coast of Africa.

On the Hageland package was a silhouette of a baobab (Adansonia) tree**—found in Madagascar (Africa and Northern Australia).

The bar had a sweet, caramel fudge aroma, and a smooth, rich, slightly gummy melt. It did have a caramel taste and texture as well.

Tasting notes: honey and caramel -- "rounded off by subtle acid cocoa notes, vanilla and butter."

"Ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, vanilla (nat. flavor). Milk chocolate: cocoa solids min. 32% -- milk solids min. 26%"

This bar was imported into the U.S. by: SCO Koladen, LLC (Hayward, CA).

Other interesting information on the packaging: "Made with 100% renewable energy, ca. 20% from our own solar panels." Go solar.

*It's possible that the same cacao fruit (pod) may contain more than one of these three varieties. In fact, there has been enough intermingling that it's often difficult to find 100% pure genetic strains that are related to geographic origins.

** Baobab fruit in powdered form is a pleasant sweet-tart inclusion in chocolate as well.

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