Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mindo Chocolate Makers - Special Edition Raspberry Chocolate Bar - July 1, 2020

Chocolate of the Day:

Mindo Chocolate Makers 
Special Edition Raspberry Chocolate Bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.325 oz. (37.5 g.) / 2.65 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 193 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Mindo Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Red Fruits Theme Week.

Today's Limited Edition Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar was from Mindo Chocolate Makers (Dexter, MI). The cacao beans used to make this Mindo bar was grown in an Ecuadorian cloud forest, and the chocolate was crafted in Michigan. (Mindo Chocolate also has a small chocolate demonstration tasting/making facility in Ecuador.)

This rich, smooth 67% dark chocolate bar had very faint malt and earth notes and genuine, tart sweet red raspberry fruit flavor from bits of freeze-dried raspberries.

The challenge with concentrated, freeze-dried red fruit flavor inclusions? Their boldness dazzles and delights, but can overshadow possible fruit notes that were present in the cacao/base chocolate. In a balanced bar, this isn't really a problem; but if you want to ferret out chocolate notes at the micro-level, you may find it difficult.

This three-ingredient* bar had a lingering, faint tart sweet fruit finish (and a few lingering raspberry seeds between my teeth that provided proof of genuine fruit content). All in all a satisfying bar.

*Ingredients: cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, freeze-dried raspberries

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