Friday, April 26, 2019

Map Chocolate - Starry Night Belize 60% Dark Milk with Mugolio Pinebud Syrup - Apr. 26, 2019

Chocolate of the Day:

Map Chocolate Co., LLC
Starry Night - Belize 60% Dark Milk with Mugolio Pinebud Syrup
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estim.) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate, Plants and Herbs Theme Week. Like yesterday's chocolate, pine trees figure into today's offering. We love Douglas Fir tip tea and related foodstuffs, so we were excited to taste this bar. And it delivered.

Today's "Starry Night" Belize 60% Dark Milk (with) Mugolio Pinebud Syrup* (bar) was from Map Chocolate Co., LLC (Eugene, OR).

The bar had a pleasing chocolate and slight herbal, pine bud (light pine with lemon floral notes) aroma; a creamy melt and smooth texture.

At first the rich tasting milk chocolate seemed a bit too sweet (after eating darker bars this past week). However, after two bites of this 60% cacao bar—like all good dark single origin milks—the sugar ceased to matter quite so much as we fell under its flavor spell.

The light pine taste from powdered Douglas Fir tips (the edible, new growth portion, which can be seen on the back side of the bar) combined with the pine bud syrup, and the occasional crystal of sea salt, tasted great to us.

*According to Google, Mugolio Pinebud Syrup was created by a woman, Eleonora Cunaccia of Primitivizia, in the Alps in Trento, Italy. 

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