Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chocolate Naive - Berries bar - June 1, 2017

Chocolate of the Day:

Chocolate Naive
Berries - Organic Dark Chocolate bar
Good ++
Weight: .646 oz. (18.3 g.) / 1.94 oz. (55 g.) in total bar
Calories: 97 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Village Market, SF Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

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

Today's Berries Organic Dark Chocolate bar was made by the award-winning bean-to-bar company, Chocolate Naive  fromVilnius, Lithuania.

Chocolate Naive's Porcini mushroom bar was the first bar to catch my eye. That bar was delicious. The company also makes several other bars with unique and well-balanced flavor inclusions.*

Today's smooth dark chocolate bar had a subtle dark, slightly smoky/earthy cocoa + very light berry balsamic aroma. The bar was created using organic fine cocoa 65% (direct trade) with a hint of creamy cocoa butter. Embedded in the chocolate was very smooth, slightly muted, authentic berry flavor—from freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries and black currants. Perfect blend for me. It wasn't too sweet, (not too berry or sugar forward), and had a nutty umami and black currant finish.

The addition of black currant was lovely. (Unfortunately, while black currants are popular in Europe, our exposure to this fruit in the U.S. is often limited to throat lozenges.)

*Speaking of berries and unique flavors, Chocolate Naive also produces a Dark Chocolate with Incan Berries bar. (Incan berries are a South American fruit also known as Peruvian groundcherries, Cape gooseberries, and Physalis).

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