Friday, November 2, 2018

Sirene Chocolate - 65% Madagascar Soma Plantation Bar - Dark Milk - Nov. 2, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Sirene Chocolate
65% Madagascar Soma Platation Bar - Dark Milk
Good ++
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total pkg. of 2 different bars
Calories: 159 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 package of two different dark milk bars
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Single Origin Dark Milk Chocolate Theme Week.

This morning's chocolate,  a 65% Madagascar Somia Plantation Bar - Dark Milk, was the sibling of yesterday's chocolate from Sirene Chocolate (Victoria, B.C., Canada). Sirene offers some great side-by-side tasting opportunities, with two, individually-wrapped, single origin bars in one package.

The Maker's notes about the cacao beans from Madagascar:

"In the Sambirano Valley of Northern, Madagascar, the Akesson family harvest a bean enriched with volcanic minerals and nutrients. With its strong, fruity flavours, including hints of citrus and berry, the cacao is clearly a product of climate, soil and the dedication of a family that has been farming cacao for generations."

Classic Akesson-farm Madagascar flavor notes, red raspberries and pleasing citrus, were indeed part of this tasting experience. And they were muted only slightly by the addition of creamy milk flavor and texture.

Apologies to Sirene. This bar received a bright intense beam of early morning sunshine right before it was photographed, so it started to melt and the bar, wrapped in gold foil, looks a bit wrinkled. It was certainly crisp, flat and professionally wrapped moments before this.

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