Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SOMA - Blend Crazy 88 bar - May 23, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

SOMA Chocolatemaker
Blend Crazy 88 bar
Good ++
Weight: .765 oz. (21.6 g.) / 2.29 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 115 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $11.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Dark Blends Theme Week.

Today's Blend Crazy 88 bar was crafted by SOMA Chocolatemaker (Toronto, ON, Canada) using a blend of cacao beans from 5 different origins: Venezuela, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru, and Java.

The resulting chocolate was a smooth blend of beans with a sweet, pleasing rich chocolate aroma and a very light spice and fruit note. The makers honored this five origin bar by making this chocolate "almost as a 100% bar, with no added vanilla or lecithin," and that enabled a more pure tasting experience.

The tasting notes for this dairy-free, dark chocolate, vegan, award-winning* bar suggested: "nuts, citrus, a tingle of green bananas," and that the chocolate was "creamy and strong with a floral base."

SOMA has great designs imprinted on their bars. I imagined the collection of chocolate hieroglyphics (cacao flower, cacao pod, exotic bird with high-top tennis shoe, Canadian Maple leaf, etc.) being carved into stone, and being unearthed hundreds of years from now. What will they make of our veneration of chocolate?

*The Blend Crazy 88 bar won: International Chocolate Awards: Americas 2016 - Silver
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