Friday, October 11, 2019

Mission Chocolate - Baru 70% Brazil Project Cerrado (bar) - Oct. 11, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Mission Chocolate
Baru 70% Brazil Project Cerrado, Fazenda Camboa (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 178 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Brazil is a very large country with several cacao growing regions; and production of cacao grown in this South American powerhouse has been on the rise in recent years.

One relatively new chocolate maker in the past several years is Mission Chocolate (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Mission Chocolate was founded by multi-talented chocolate expert, chocolate maker and educator, Arcelia Gallardo, who was born in California and spent time on a farm before getting into chocolate, traveling throughout Latin America, and ultimately settling in Brazil. (Gallardo also spent time in the San Francisco Bay Area producing tasty chocolates in Berkeley and working with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco.)

This week will feature several of Mission Chocolate's bars, including today's Baru 70% Dark Chocolate with Baru Nut(s)* (bar). The cacao for this bar was from Brazil Biomes Project Cerrado, Fazenda Camboa. Fazenda Camboa is a large organic farm on the east (Atlantic) coast in the state of Bahia, Brazil.

Whole baru nuts (pressed into the back of the smooth dark chocolate bar) added visual interest, a soft crunch, and mild nut flavor.

*Baru nuts grow wild in Brazil and are usually roasted before eating. They have a mild taste that has been described as a cross between a "peanut and a cashew with a slight cacao flavor." I would describe it having a soft texture a bit like a cross between a roasted pine nut and a Brazil nut.

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