Friday, November 17, 2017

Nibble Chocolate - Peru 72% Organic Dark Single Origin Criollo bar - Nov. 17, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Nibble Chocolate, LLC
72% Cocoa Organic Dark Peru Single Origin Criollo bar
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (56.69 g.) in total bar
Calories: 135 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Cafe Mingei, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Welcome to Day #27 of South American Chocolate Theme Weeks.

Today's 72% Cocoa Organic Dark Peru Single Origin Criollo bar was made by Nibble Chocolate, LLC (San Diego, CA).

Nibble used Peruvian Criollo cacao beans from a small farm, in the Tumbes region of northern Peru, represented by a "co-op that promotes high quality and fair practices."

The company's description(s) for this Peru bar read included: "A delightful complex chocolate with caramel and dry fruit raisin notes, underlying maltiness and a long lasting finish"...and "Tasting notes: Caramel, smokey, nuts, biscuit, dried fruit with underlying malt notes."

That was very close to what I experienced with this certified organic, vegan, soy free and gluten free 72% dark bar, that had just two ingredients: organic cocoa beans and organic cane sugar.

My tasting notes read: "Dried fruit/raisin and slight green and smoked caramel notes in the aroma; the flavor had somewhat intense dried fruit and citrus dark chocolate notes; long finish. More robust/bold acidic flavor than many Criollo bars."

I almost always make my own notes before looking at maker's notes. It's fun to compare the two. They're usually quite close, with only occasional differences. It's interesting to note how different taste buds and preferences (and even memories) perceive different substances.

In this case, Nibble bars' thick 3x3 square matrix also influences the tasting experience. There is enough heft with each square that up to 9 people might each enjoy the full flavor spectrum of this bar. However, others may prefer thinner sheets of chocolate/bars for easy access to texture/melt and flavors.

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