Friday, July 12, 2019

Oodaalolly Chocolate - Single Origin 70% Dark Chocolate bar - July 11, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Oodaalolly Chocolate
Single Origin 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar (plus shipping)
Purchased from: Oodaalolly Chocolate (online order)

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week.

Today's 70% Dark Chocolate bar was made by Hernan Lauber of Oodaalolly Chocolate from using cacao grown in the Philippines.

In 2017, this island nation had exports of $68.7 billion (USD). Their biggest exports were semiconductors and electronics. And while coconut oil and fruits made up much of the agricultural exports, there has also been a growing interest in quality cacao.

Oodaalolly founder and chocolate maker, Hernan Lauber, a Philadelphia native and engineer, has roots in the Philippines (and chocolate) and chose to become a chocolate maker focusing on Filipino cacao. Lauber felt like there was room for improvement in this niche.

Lauber's goal is to produce finely crafted bean-to-bar chocolate made using Filipino cacao and Swiss technique (e.g. precision, long conching for smooth mouth feel, and careful tempering techniques). Swiss chocolates are known for being sweet, milky and creamy smooth.

Today's two-ingredient bar (cacao beans, unrefined cane sugar) had a chocolate, green, and slightly sharp aroma, faint molasses and rich dark chocolate and mild fruit flavor and a touch of sweetness.

The bar broke with a well-tempered snap and the texture was relatively smooth, with a slight astringency. The flavor notes kept developing (so don't eat this chocolate too quickly). My favorite part of the tasting curve was 2/3 way through, where the chocolate was joined by a bit more mild fruit (peach or mango) and some rich, round caramel flavor that blossomed. The finish was pleasant cocoa with a creamy, mild astringency.

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