Friday, April 8, 2016

French Broad Chocolates - Nicaragua bar - Apr. 8, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

French Broad Chocolates
Cacao Bisiesto Nicaragua dark chocolate 68% cacao bar
Good ++
Weight: 1.05 oz. (30 g.) / 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 157 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: French Broad Chocolates, Asheville, NC

I picked up today's Cacao Bisiesto Nicaragua dark chocolate bar during a recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina.

This attractively packaged, single origin Nicaragua bar was made (from bean to bar) by French Broad Chocolates (Asheville, NC).

It was made in collaboration with Cacao Bisiesto -- a small organization that helps connect chocolate makers, such as Dan and Jael Rattigan at French Broad Chocolates, with cacao farmers in Nicaragua.

When I opened the well-crafted package, the stories behind both companies unfolded (literally).*

The dark, 68% cacao bar had a complex cacao aroma. The chocolate had a roasted, slight balanced bitterness, faint floral, earthy, marshmallow and raspberry flavor notes.

And, since this was Day #10 of Chocolate and Cashew Theme Week, I paired this bar with a small handful of roasted, lightly salted cashew nuts.

Note: See also interview with Dan Rattigan, co-founder/owner and chocolate maker, at French Broad Chocolates (April 10, 2016); and a post about a recent cacao farm tour with Cacao Bisiesto founders Jose Enrique Herrera and Gifford (Giff) Laube (April 11, 2016).

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