Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Raaka - Pink Sea Salt DR and Bolivia 71% dark bar - Apr. 19, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Raaka Chocolate
Pink Sea Salt 71 percent Dominican Republic and Bolivia bar
Good ++
Weight: .9 oz. (25.5 g.) / 1.8 oz. (51 g.) in total bar
Calories: 135 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Raaka Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of a Chocolate and Bolivia Series.

Today's bar was made with a blend of ingredients from at least three countries: Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Peru. The Pink Sea Salt 71 percent Dominican Republic and Bolivia bar was made by Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).

The cacao in this dark blend bar came from two specific regions: Reserva Zorzal in the Dominican Republic and Alto Beni in Bolivia. (The pink sea salt was harvested from Salinas de Maras in Peru.)

Today's bar had a sweet, green, floral aroma and flavor that I associate with chocolate made using un-roasted cacao chocolate.  (In fact developing fine flavored chocolate from un-roasted cacao is a specialty of today's chocolate maker, Raaka Chocolate.)

The bar was covered with a constellation of salt crystals. When I see this much salt, I sometimes worry that it will be too much. However, in the bites that I sampled, the salt added a well-balanced counterpoint to the sweet, floral profile.

I love little nested surprises. Open this wonderfully designed Raaka packaging and in addition to a gluten-free, vegan pink salt dark bar (that also has a great geometric graphic pattern) you'll find an illustrated Raaka bean-to-bar story (printed on the reverse side of the outside wrapper).

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