Thursday, September 21, 2017

Frederic Blondeel - 40% Costa Rica Milk Chocolate Bar - Sept. 21, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Frederic Blondeel
40% Costa Rica Milk Chocolate Bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .8.36 oz. (18 g.) / 1.59 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 90 calories in 2 strips (2/5 bar)
Cost: $6.99 (plus shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Stars USA, online order

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Central America Theme Week.

Today's 40% Costa Rica Milk Chocolate Bar was manufactured (from bean-to-bar) by Frederic Blondeel (Veurne, Belgium) and imported to the U.S. by Chocolate Stars USA (Fairfield, NJ).

The bar was "Tablette I," the first of a series of single origin (milk and dark) tablettes (bars) from Frederic Blondeel. (Tomorrow we'll feature Tablette VI, a 70% Costa Rica Blondeel bar.)

Back to today's bar...This sweet chocolate bar had an aroma with hints of berry pie, raisin pie and vanilla caramel, a slightly gummy-creamy melt, and a sweet aftertaste.

The bar was comprised of five thin, monogrammed, horizontal "strips" that allowed for maximum access to flavor and texture.

With its high sugar content (#1 ingredient) and added vanilla—and relatively low cocoa mass content (#4 ingredient listed, after sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder)—this chocolate also conjured up the notion of a high-end candy bar.

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