Sunday, September 13, 2020

Agapey - Ginger Rum - 70% Dark Chocolate with Ginger Rum caramel filling - Sept. 13, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

Agapey Chocolate Factory (Barbados)
Ginger Rum 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate
Good ++
Weight: 1.235 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 185 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $N/A - gift from a friend (thank you Toni!) 
Purchased from: Gift from a friend (who visited Bridgetown/Agapey)

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week.

Today's Ginger Rum 70% Dark Chocolate filled with ginger rum caramel was from Agapey Chocolate Factory (Bridgetown, Barbados). It was a gift from a friend who traveled to several Caribbean islands and brought this back to the U.S.--a bit of a challenge, transporting chocolate in warm weather. (Thank you Toni!)

This is the first chocolate I've featured on Chocolate Banquet made in Barbados; and this filled bar (four chocolate cubes melded together) incorporated several ingredients grown/made locally, including the sugar and rum.

My tasting notes are below: 

Aroma: rich deep dark chocolate (cocoa, brownie) and buttery rum aroma notes
Melt/texture: smooth, substantial dark chocolate contrasted with soft, flavor infused caramel filling/center(s).
Flavor: Undulating bold, true dark chocolate (balanced earth, fudge brownie) mingled with sweet, velvety golden caramel infused with Mount Gay Rum (Barbados) and ginger spice-- both warming flavors. The ginger was very subtle, and not too strong.
Finish: light lingering rum and dark chocolate finish

I enjoyed the fact that the 70% cacao dark chocolate was bold and interesting and was not too sweet (thank you!). This dark chocolate was the perfect counterpoint to the softer, sweeter rum and ginger caramel, and helped balance the sweetness.

Ingredients: "all natural roasted cocoa beans, caramel (corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk (pasteurized milk, sugar), sugar, palm oil, water, butter (cream, salt), salt, vanilla extract, soy lecithin (an emulsifier)), cane sugar, ginger, rum, cocoa butter...May contain traces of peanuts/nuts."

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