Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sirene Chocolate - Vanua Levu, Fiji 73% Dark Chocolate bar - July 6, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Sirene Chocolate
Vanua Levu, Fiji, 73% Dark Chocolate bar
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week.

Today's Vanua Levu, Fiji, 73% Dark Chocolate bar was crafted at Sirene Chocolate (Victoria, British Columbia (located on Vancouver island), Canada).

Cacao used in this bar came from the Dreketi Cocoa Farm (Vanua Levu, Fiji), that raises Amelonado cocoa. Vanua Levu is one of the two largest islands in Fiji* located in the South Pacific.

This bar had a smooth texture, well-balanced dark chocolate, dried fruit (light raisin, mango, other) flavor notes with a hint of green (tea), and a pleasant, lingering finish.

*Fiji is an island nation comprised of 330 islands. Vanua Levu, located in Northern Fiji, is the second largest island, and is also one of the more populated islands. Cacao cultivation in Fiji dates back to the 1800s, when the British likely brought cacao seeds or trees from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Trinidad.

The Matasawalevu Cocoa Farm in Dreketi, Makuata, in Vauua Levu, and other farms and groups like Cacao Fiji, are working to spread the word and expand Fiji cacao production and exports. And chocolate makers around the world who make nice bars like this one will also help increase demand for cacao in this island nation.

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