Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bisou Chocolate - "Nibs" Chuao 87% Dark Chocolate bar - May 9, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Bisou Chocolate
"Nibs" Chuao 87% Dark Chocolate bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14 g.) / 1 oz. (28 g.) total bar
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bisou Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

Today's "Nibs" Chuao 87% Dark Chocolate bar was made, from bean-to-bar, by Bisou Chocolate (Berkeley/Oakland, CA).

The company makes attractively-packaged, single origin bars (and truffles) and primarily sells their chocolates at local Bay Area Farmers Markets.

This chocolate was made with cacao grown in the Chuao region of Venezuela, known for its fine flavor beans*. This bar had a relatively friendly and complex flavor profile for ultra-dark 87% cacao chocolate. It did have some rustic elements as well—tiny revelations of cacao fermentation notes (think wine grapes turning into wine) in the smooth dark base and the embedded nibs—which gave the bar a soft crunchy texture.

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic whole cane sugar, cocoa butter

*Cacao seeds (semillas de cacao) actually; but we call them cacao beans here as that is the term mostly commonly used in North America.

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