Saturday, August 15, 2020

Nuance Chocolate Company - Ghana and Nibs 70% Pure Dark (bar) - Aug. 14, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

Nuance Chocolate Company 
Ghana and Nibs 70 percent Pure Dark (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.94 oz. (55 g.) in total bar
Calories: 291 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $8.50 for 1 bar 
Purchased from: Nuance Chocolate Company, online order

Welcome to Day #11 of Cocoa Nibs Theme Week, and Day #2 of Ghana and Ivory Coast Chocolate Theme Week.

Together, West African cacao from Ghana and Ivory Coast dominate the world's cacao supply chain in terms of volume. Perhaps half of all chocolates being sold might fit into this theme week, but most chocolates (often blends) do not disclose the country(ies) of origin for cacao.

Today's Ghana and Nibs 70% Pure Dark Chocolate (bar) was made by Nuance Chocolate Company (Fort Collins, CO). There aroma was subtle, but with rich, pure dark chocolate notes.

The Ghana Forastero cacao used to make this 70% cacao bar, combined with the maker's skills and a little sugar, yielded deep chocolatey (fudge brownie) and cherry flavor notes, with a faint hint of white grape, roasted nuts (subtle walnut, pine nut), and a very mild, balanced bitterness (think very subtle roasted coffee).

Black Forest Cake and cherry nut brownies came to mind--although this dark chocolate bar had more concentrated dark creamy and crunchy cacao flavor, and less sugar. I'll take that any day. (Although a flourless cake or brownies (with very little or no added sugar) made with this chocolate would likely make a very fine dessert.)

Ingredients: cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter. ("All nature and GMO-free").

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