Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dick Taylor - Limited Release Bolivia 70% bar - Apr. 22, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
Limited Release Alto Beni Bolivia 70 percent bar
Good +++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Bolivia Theme Week.

Today's Limited Release Alto Beni Bolivia bar was made by Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate (Eureka*, CA). The 70% bar was hand-crafted in Humboldt County, made from beans wild harvested in the Alto Beni Municipality of West Central Bolivia, an area made up of several communities.

As with other Bolivia single origin chocolates this week, the beautifully designed and packaged Dick Taylor bar had true "chocolatey" flavor (chocolate, chocolate malt, roasted cacao beans, brownies), subtle sweet, ripe fresh fruit; and very mild nut (cashew) and green notes.

Company co-founders, Adam Dick and Justin Taylor earned two stars at the Great Taste Awards (UK) and a win at the 2016 Good Food Awards (US) for this two-ingredient (cacao and organic cane sugar) bar.

*Eureka is: 
A.) A city in Northern California
B.) California's state motto
C.) What someone exclaims when they've made a discovery and/or found something of value
D.) All of the Above

The answer is D.

Californians may recognize this expression from the mid-1800s when gold was discovered in California. However, the term's origin stretches back much further. It's famous first use is often credited to Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes, who is said to have uttered this phrase (while running down the street dripping and naked, no less) after making an important realization about the displacement of water that would help the (Greek) king to fight the Romans—who were encroaching by land and sea.

This may be the Eureka decade for craft chocolate, food and beverages. People have re-discovered great chocolate. So, Eureka is an apt location for Dick-Taylor Craft Chocolate. As boat builders, Dick and Taylor have an understanding of the displacement of water, as well as the alchemy of design, technical skills and great chocolate. Eureka; we're glad to have found them.

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