Kardamom (Cardamom) 73% (bar)
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 176 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $14.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA
Welcome to Day #14 of Chocolate and Spice Theme Week.
Today's Cardamom 73% bar was from Rozsavolgyi Csokolade (Budapest, Hungary). The company's name in English is: Rosevalley Chocolates.
The bean-to-bar chocolate makers consider themselves artists as well. (They are.) Artists know how to create a great experience from basic elements. In this case, just four ingredients (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter and cardamom.)
Architecturally* beautiful, this rather sweet, smooth 73% dark bar was redolent with cardamom spice. The chocolate had a rich, creamy melt and the cardamom flavor was evenly and robustly present throughout the tasting experience.
Cardamom is a spice made from seeds of plants (related to ginger) that originated in the forests of India and Indonesia. Now cultivated and used in other parts of the world, this spice can evoke a spectrum of sub-flavors, ranging from a savory stew spice to chai tea to tropical fruit flavored bubble gum—in part due to associations with the many different foods and beverages containing cardamom.
*The company uses chocolate molds with Hungarian patterns and shapes that look like they might be inspired by images found carved in wood, etched in stone, forged into metalwork or woven into textiles.