Thursday, November 16, 2017

Raaka - Cabernet Sauvignon Peru 68% bar - Nov. 16, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cabernet Sauvignon Peru 68% Cacao bar
Good +
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) /1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 129 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.95 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Raaka, online order

Welcome to Day #26 of South American Chocolate Theme Weeks.

Today we're deviating from single origin bars with no flavor inclusions, to include a Cabernet Sauvignon Peru bar from Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).

It's challenging to find a good match between red wine and dark chocolate. Often the strong notes in one will drag the other sideways. However, Raaka makers have found a unique and harmonious way to blend these two great-tasting, fermented edibles. This 68% Cacao bar with pleasant red wine grape flavor was made by steaming cacao over simmering red wine.* 

The Peruvian-grown cacao for today's bar was from CAC Pangoa, an agricultural cooperative that produces coffee, cacao and honey, and supports sustainability in the Central Amazon region of Peru.

*Today's gluten free, soy free and vegan bar contained just four ingredients: "organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter (and) cabernet sauvignon."

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