Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tabal Chocolate - Reishi Superfood 70% (bar) - Oct. 5, 2019

Chocolate of the Day:

Tabal Chocolate
Reishi Superfood 70% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 225 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Salt and Savory Theme Week.

This Reishi Superfood 70% (bar) was crafted by Tabal Chocolate (Wauwatosa, WI). The company serves drinking chocolates and other items (such as chocolates infused with teas and superfoods) in their chocolate factory and lounge in Wisconsin. And bars can be ordered from them online.

The dark chocolate in this bar had a satsifying umami* (slightly savory) aroma. This three-ingredient bar (cacao, organic cane sugar and Reishi mushroom) was relatively sweet but about average for a 70 percent blend. (It would be interesting to try a 75% version of this bar that might have been part of the selection/testing process.)

The dark chocolate had a true chocolate and light fruit and light spice flavor notes, and a smooth, even melt and texture—with a very fine granularity (powdered reishi mushrooms perhaps?)—and a pleasing, very subtle umami flavor note throughout.

Some might find it tempting to add salt along with potentially savory flavor inclusions, but there was no salt listed in the ingredients. And that was fine. (You can always add your own tiny pinch of sea salt if you feel the need, or are curious.)

This bar was vegan, soy free and gluten free.

*Umami is a Japanese term describing a range of flavors that many associate with "savory" or the presence of L-glutamate, IMP and GMP. (Umami flavors can be found in mushrooms, cheeses, bacon and other forms of meat, ripe tomatoes and certain types of seafood and seaweeds.)

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Nature fans: On a tangentially related note, if you're interested in beneficial fungi, don't miss the film "Fantastic Fungi: Magic Beneath Your Feet." Playing in select theaters now.

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