Monday, July 8, 2019

Chapon Chocolatier - Fidji Chocolat Noir bar - July 7, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chapon Chocolatier
Fidji Chocolat Noir bar
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.325 oz. (37.5 g.) / 2.65 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 208 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $14.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week.

Today's Fidji Chocolat Noir (Dark Chocolate) bar was from Chapon Chocolatier (Chelles, France).

The packaging of Chapon's bars are adorned with an amazing amalgam of beautiful exotic, modern retro, images and designs. Today's "Fidji" bar was no exception. It included what looked to be an India-inspired scene.

This dark bar (no percentage listed) had a compelling chocolatey and malt aroma, with a creamy melt and texture, and chocolate brownie flavor. There was one tiny earthy uptick in one bite, but other than that, it was luscious smooth dark brownie-time in every bite.

The chocolate was made with a "Torrecaction Courte" (a short, specific roasting process in which some pyrolysis occurs), and a "Conchage Long" (long conche). The latter gives one a creamy mouthfeel (resulting from smaller, polished particles).

And while you do lose some more delicate or volatile (e.g. floral) flavors with conching* (a form of grinding and mixing) cacao paste over time, generally it is a smooth flavor that remains, often with any rough edges/flavors worn down.

*Conching come from the French/Italian (Latin root) word for (conch) shell. The equipment used for conching can resemble a conch or periwinkle shell.

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