Saturday, October 31, 2020

Parliament Chocolate - Dominican Republic, Zorzal 70% Cacao (bar); Oct. 30, 2020

Chocolate of the Day 

Parliament Chocolate
Dominican Republic Zorzal 70% Cacao (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.65 oz. (46.77 g.) in total bar
Calories: 249 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information 

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate, Dominican Republic and Haiti Theme Weeks.

Today's Dominican Republic, Zorzal 70% Cacao (bar) was from Parliament Chocolate (Redlands, CA).

This well-tempered, relatively thick small bar had true chocolate (dark chocolate cake/torte), brown sugar/honey, light spice and faint, fleeting green (avocado) and fruit (ripe blackberry and black cherry) notes.

Tasting notes from the chocolate maker about this bar read as follows: "...Porcini mushrooms, honey, avocado, buckwheat."

Many artisan/craft chocolate makers include information about cacao origins, to give more credit to cacao growers and farmers, to signal quality and adherence to high social and product standards followed in making single origin chocolate, and/or for greater transparency. 

Notes from the producer/farmer for today's bar: 

"I have worked this parcel of land my whole life. I love cacao production - the smell and flavor of fermented beans. We have also planted hundreds of acres of hardwoods and softwoods and enjoy forestry production on the farm." -- Marcus Antonio Lajara

Notes on the place where the cacao originated:

"Zorzal Cacao is located on a small northern range in the Dominican Republic. The land is  home to a wildlife reserve and is dedicated to the Bicknell's Thrush, an endangered migratory bird."

Ingredients: Cacao and cane sugar

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