Sunday, April 2, 2017

Endangered Species - Milk Chocolate squares - April 2, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC
All Natural Smooth Milk Chocolate (squares)
Good - Good +
Weight: .706 oz. (20 g.) / 3.5 oz. (99 g.) in package of 10 pieces
Calories: 105 calories in 2 squares
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome. This week I'll be featuring several different chocolates from Indiana.

Perhaps the most well-known chocolates from Indiana that we see in the San Francisco Bay Area come from Endangered Species Chocolate (Indianapolis, IN).

The company's bars and confections are adorned with images of wildlife—mammals, birds and the occasional reptile—that is endangered or facing challenges.*

Today's All Natural Smooth Milk Chocolate 48 percent cocoa from Endangered Species came in the form of individually-wrapped squares. (Five years ago, I featured the company's All Natural Smooth Milk Chocolate bar.) The milk chocolate was just as advertised, smooth milk chocolate that was a bit better than most commercially available milk chocolate, with a slight caramel flavor note.

Both bar and individually wrapped piece packaging featured a sea otter—an animal we enjoy watching on the Pacific coast (Photo of sea otter on a beach was taken at Moss Landing, north of Monterey, CA.)

*Ten percent of the company's net proceeds go to helping to preserve habitat for endangered species.

Marou - Dak Lak 70% dark chocolate bar - April 1, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
Dak Lak 70 percent dark chocolate bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 242 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Cacao at The Heathman, Portland, OR

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

Today's beautifully packaged Dak Lak 70 percent dark chocolate bar from Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon) was made from cacao grown in Vietnam.

It had a subtle chocolate aroma with honey, light spice and faint green forest/wood and fruit notes.

And the flavors I tasted ranged from chocolate cake to hints of tart sweet red fruit headed toward sweet berries/cranberries/cherries.

As is often the case with craft chocolate, I tasted this bar three different times today and each time I picked up a few different flavor notes.

Hats off to the maker for carefully capturing and cultivating the flavor profile of these cacao beans from the Dak Lak province, in central Vietnam.*

*Dak Lak is in the Central Highlands, in an area where coffee, pepper and tea are also grown. It is north of Lam Dong province and most other cacao-growing regions that are further south (closer to the Mekong River Delta). 

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