Madre de Dios - Chocolat noir 75% de cacao "Perou" (bar)
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 301.5 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $18.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocosphere.com, online order
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.
Today's Madre de Dios Chocolat noir 75% de cacao "Perou" (bar) was from Chocolat Bonnat (Voiron, Isere, France).
Subtly complex and silky smooth, this bar had a creamy melt, with muted earth, jungle nut, and delicate fruit flavor notes.
Added cocoa butter gave this bar its classic Bonnat buttery texture and softly veiled fine cacao flavor. What came through was a subtle, complex Criollo-like variety cacao, dressed up in a fabulous, French silk evening gown that was easy on the eyes and palette.
This bar was also rather dear; at $18.50 (USD), I'm hoping that some of the proceeds went to help save the ancient, heritage cacao trees in this area--the Madre de Dios region in southeastern Peru that borders on Brazil and Bolivia, and that has a terrain described as low-lying Amazon rainforest.
It's easy to be smug about what needs to be done in a rainforest when you're eating chocolate in some far off, relatively prosperous northern city (that, sadly, was clear cut of its own native trees centuries ago). Kudos and best wishes to those working to preserve native strains of cacao and other rare and valuable trees and botanicals in the Amazon basin. Muchas gracias, merci and thank you to all who worked hard to produce today's great chocolate.