Saturday, June 8, 2019

Argencove Fine Artisan Chocolate - Saffron 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Nicaragua bar - June 8, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Argencove Fine Artisan Chocolate
Saffron 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Nicaragua bar
Good - Good+
Weight: .88 oz. (25g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 132 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $18.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #16 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Nicaragua Theme Week.

Today's Saffron 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Nicaragua bar was from Argencove Fine Artisan Chocolate* (Granada,** Nicaragua).

The company had its start with three Australian families who "embarked on a journey of taste through Central America."

This three ingredient bar (cacao, sugar and saffron) had an slightly fruit, dark chocolate aroma with faint green plant and spice notes. (Saffron, a spice with a luscious golden, red-orange color, comes from a purple crocus flower.)

Balanced tart red fruit (cherries) and very slight, well-managed earthy flavor notes permeated this chocolate that was not overly sweet (thank you). It also had a very slight hint of savory spice, that you might smell in saffron rice or a light golden curry.

*Manufactured by C y B Productos Acricolas S.A. in Granada, Nicaragua.

**The three largest/most well-known cities in Nicaragua all are located in the Western half of the country: Managua, Leon and Granada (All three have been the capital city of Nicaragua at some point in history.) Granada is located just east of the largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua, aka Lake Cocibolca (sweet tea). The country's rich, volcanic soils are good for growing cacao, which has a long history here.

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