Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates - Belize tasting bits - Sept. 16, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates
Belize (bean-to-bar tasting bits)
Good - Good +
Weight: .36 oz. (10.2 g.) (estimate) for 5 bits/ 2.5 oz. (75 g.) in total Bean-to-Bar Tasting Kit
Calories: 60 calories (estimate) in 5 pieces
Cost: $N/A - gift from family (thank you David!)
Purchased from: N/A - gift

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Central America Theme Week.

Today's Belize chocolate was part of a (bean-to-bar made) single origin tasting kit from Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates (San Luis Obispo, CA).

The "Mostly Criollo" Tasting Kit contained cocoa bean-shaped bits from Belize, Bali, Bolivia, Peru and Uganda. (The company also offers "Mostly Trinitario," "Mostly Forastero" and "Mixed Selection" tasting kits with bits made from other origins.)

The idea of a tasting kit encourages customers to savor chocolate a bit more slowly. Allowing the bits to gradually melt in the mouth makes it easier to detect flavor notes. In this case, the notes printed on the package invited the taster to look for "blackberry" and "toast."

Mama Ganache is a family-run chocolate business. Chef Tom is behind several creations; and the business has had a focus on high-quality, ethically sourced, organic and direct trade chocolate for some time.

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