Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stone Grindz Chocolate - Wild Bolivia 70% bar - April 20, 2017

Chocolate of the Day:

Stone Grindz Chocolate
Wild Bolivia 70 percent Cacao bar
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Stone Grindz Chocolate, Scottsdale, AZ (online order)

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Bolivia Theme Week.

Today's Wild Bolivia 70 percent Cacao dark chocolate bar from Stone Grindz Chocolate (Scottsdale, AZ) was crafted from cacao beans from the Amazon River Basin in Bolivia.

This three-ingredient* bar had pure chocolate aroma and flavor and a pleasant chocolate aftertaste, with a very occasional (very faint) slightly bitter earth blip late in the tasting experience. The 70 percent bar with a bit of added cocoa butter also had a nice, buttery melt and texture.

You'd think it might be difficult to make and distribute chocolate in Arizona, where temperatures soar in the summer, but there are a growing number of fine chocolate providers in the state. And Stone Grindz sells their chocolates at a few local, Phoenix-area farmers markets as well.

The packaging for the Wild Bolivia 70 percent Cacao bar (Batch 235) included a brief tasting description: "notes of malt and cashew."

 *Three ingredients: Cacao beans, Organic Cane Sugar and Organic Cacao Butter

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