Hispaniola Dark 68 percent bar
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 159 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $ missing information ($10 estimate)
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to the last day (Day #7) of Chocolate and Dominican Republic Theme Week.
This week has been full of so many great bars that it's almost sad to see the week end. Today's Hispaniola* Dark 68 percent bar was made by Fruition Chocolate (Shokan, NY). It was described on the packaging as: "A lightly roasted dark chocolate, balanced, bright and lingering."
Chocolate maker Bryan Graham and team started with "flavorful, ethically-sourced cocoa beans (from the Dominican Republic)" and brought them to fruition at the company's workshop in the Catskill Mountains in New York.
Today's bar had a rich chocolatey aroma with light hints of green, light earth/smoke, dried fruit and spice; in other words, a full spectrum somewhat similar to other bars made from Dominican Republic cacao featured this week.
The very edible, well-tempered bar had a smooth buttery melt, and satisfying true chocolate, hot cocoa flavor notes, with a mild, lingering and buttery finish.
As with most high-quality, bean-to-bar craft chocolate, the ingredients list** was short. This bar was also awarded First Place for Best Origin Bar at the 2015 Northwest Chocolate Festival.
*The name Hispaniola dates back to 1492 when explorer Christopher Columbus claimed the Caribbean island (comprised of present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) for Spain. He dubbed it: La Isla Española.
**Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter and organic vanilla beans.