Sunday, July 19, 2020

Guido Gobino - 80% Chontalpa dark chocolate - July 19, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Guido Gobino
80% Extra Bitter Chontalpa dark chocolate
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: .58 oz. (16.5 g.) in 3 pieces
Calories: 87 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $0.89 x 3 = $2.67 for 3 small pieces
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Italian Chocolate Theme Week.

Today's 80% Extra Bitter Chontalpa* dark chocolate from Guido Gobino (Turin (Torino), Italy) had a relatively complex chocolate aroma and flavor with balanced, molasses spice, very faint green, lightly tart-sweet, concentrated fruit notes. 

The fruit notes--ripe, dried blackberry, goji berry, dried mulberry and golden raisin--came from the cacao type and terroir/origin environment, fermentation and subsequent processing steps; and the fruit gave this ultra-dark 80% chocolate a relatively sweet flavor--an appealing characteristic for those who like a bright fruit-sweet taste without the additional sugar.

Despite the "Extra Bitter" in the product name, this was a balanced, flavorful chocolate with relatively low bitterness.

*Note: These small disc-shaped chocolates (produced from single origin cacao in Chontalpa, Tabasco, Mexico) were made for an event (Presidio Slow Food in this case); and this size may not always be directly available to consumers.

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