Thursday, October 15, 2020
K+M Extra Virgin Chocolate - Dark Milk Chocolate Nicaragua (bar) - Oct. 14, 2020
Chocolate of the Day
K+M Extra Virgin Chocolate
Dark Milk Chocolate Nicaragua (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 400 (estimate) calories in 1 bar
Cost: $15.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Equator Coffee, San Francisco, CA
Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Nicaragua Theme Week.
Today's Dark Milk Chocolate Nicaragua (bar) was from K+M Thomas Keller and Armando Manni (located in Napa, CA).
The whole milk powder blended with Nicaraguan cacao in this dark milk (no cacao percentage listed) chocolate added creamy texture and smoothness to the aroma and flavor. A small amount of Manni extra virgin olive oil added extra silky, velvety texture.
Frequently there is a trade-off between adding fats and milk powder to chocolate. Creamier, buttery textures offer luxurious mouth feel, but usually mute cacao aroma and flavor. However, there were satisfying faint, balanced hints of green and fruit (dark berries) in this chocolate, making it rather addicting.
The maker's tasting notes for this bar read as follows:
"An intense and complex chocolate, K+M Extravirgin Milk Chocolate Nicaragua delivers flavors of rich cream and black currants complemented by notes of malt and coffee..."
Ingredients: organic cocoa beans, RBST-free whole milk powder, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic (Armando) Manni extra-virgin olive oil, organic soy lecithin.