Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manoa Chocolate - Hawaiian Honey 75% bar - Aug. 9, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Manoa Chocolate
Hawaiian Honey 75% Cacao bar
Very Good
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 135 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Draeger's Market, San Mateo, CA

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

Today's Hawaiian Honey 75% Cacao bar was made by Manoa Chocolate (Kailua, Oahu, HI)

This Oahu based bean-to-bar maker has been carefully honing his craft for several years, and many of his bars have incorporated local Hawaiian inclusions. The honey in today's raw  honey bar comes from the "nectar of flowering trees" growing in Hawaii.

While it's difficult to say that any honey in the U.S. is organic (bees fly where they will to collect pollen and nectar), many of the source apiaries (hive locations) for this bar were based on organic farms. The bees also assist in pollination at these farms.

The aroma of this well-crafted, four-ingredient* bar was unique and a little intoxicating. In addition to the smell of fine dark chocolate, there was also a hint of honey, bee pollen and light honey floral spice (saffron) in the aroma and taste, despite the relatively high-percentage (75% cacao) and the presence of (organic) sugar.

Normally dark chocolate and/or sugar overwhelm the more subtle aromas and flavors of different honeys.

The melt and texture were relatively creamy thanks in part to a bit of added organic cocoa butter. And the finish was pleasantly bitter honey sweet with a gradual fade.

*Ingredients: cacao, organic sugar, organic honey, organic cocoa butter

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