Saturday, October 26, 2019

Divine - Organic Dark Chocolate Blueberry Popped Quinoa 85% Sao Tome (bar) - Oct. 26, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Divine Chocolate
Organic Rich Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Popped Quinoa - 85% Cocoa Sao Tome (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 226.6 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $4.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Easy Foods Company, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Blueberry Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Africa Theme Week.

Today's Organic Rich Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Popped Quinoa (bar) was from Divine Chocolate (London, UK), and was made using 85% organic cacao from Sao Tome.*

Divine Chocolate, founded in the U.K. in October 1998, is an international company based in the U.K. and the U.S., and is 44%** owned by the Kuapa Kokoo farmers' co-operative in Ghana. The company is a Certified B Corp (that stresses not only revenue and profits, but also aspects of business that can benefit communities, workers and the environment).

This Divine Chocolate ultra-dark bar had deep, dark (forest) chocolate aroma with hint of sharp (citrus/bittersweet) and earth notes.

The texture evoked cacao blended with thick creamy cacao butter (first tasting on a cold morning) that was embedded with crunchy popped quinoa. The chocolate tasted surprisingly mild and smooth, with muted earth and balanced bitterness. The bar was refreshingly un-sweet (thank you!).

The blueberry fruit (also on the subtle earthy side as fruits go) played a minor role. It was more evident toward the finish, and in the few bites that emitted a tiny tangy fruity burst of dark berry flavor.

Today's bar bore the following information/seals on the label: FairTrade, USDA Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, Vegan.

*Sao Tome is part of the island nation of Sao Tome e Principe, off the West Coast of Central Africa on the Equator. Sao Tome is a forested, tropical volcanic island with a long cacao growing history.

** This bar was a product of Germany and was Distributed by Divine Chocolate Inc in the U.S.  Source for co-op ownership percentage was a May 2019 Divine Chocolate press release.

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