Friday, July 5, 2019

Dick Taylor - Fiji Vanua Levu Limited Release 80% Dark Chocolate bar - July 5, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dick Taylor 
Fiji Vanua Levu Limited Release 80% Dark Chocolate bar
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Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week. 

Today's Fiji Vanua Levu Limited Release 80% Dark Chocolate bar was made from scratch by Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate* (Eureka, CA).**

The back of this attractively packaged bar had a map and notes about its origin.

This creamy, flavorful ultra-dark bar was made with two ingredients: Single Estate Matasawalevu cacao grown in Fiji, and organic cane sugar. The chocolate had fruit and faint green notes* and a certain balanced sharpness. Maker's tasting notes read: green tea, cocoa, pear, malt

*Dick Taylor is named for the creative duo: Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor, who perform various feats of magic in their small factory in Northern California (Eureka, CA), not far from the ocean. 

**Eureka is the largest Pacific coast city between San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR. To cover the same distance that separates these two great cities in a sailboat might take 2-3 weeks, or if you go by land, this is a car trip of about 635 miles. 

To put this in island perspective...Fiji is comprised of a very impressive 330 islands over an area of 1.3 million square kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean. About 1/3 of these islands are inhabited by people. Most of Fiji's citizens live on the two largest islands: Viti Levu and Vanua Levu (formerly called Sandalwood Island, and where the cacao for today's bar was grown). These two larger islands are about 40 miles apart from each other, and more than 5,000 miles (by air) from California's Pacific Ocean coast.

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