Chocolate of the Day
(Produced by Theobroma Inversiones SAC)
50% Cacao Piura Milk (bar)
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $4.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Weeks.
Today's Cacaosuyo 50% Cacao Piura Milk (bar) was produced by Theobroma Inversiones SAC (Lima, Peru).
The company is dedicated to making chocolate using cacao fruit/beans grown in the land of the "Four Suyos"* of Peru, a term that recalls a rich cacao history dating back to the Incan Empire.
Today's 50% cacao bar is the first of four conveniently sized (single-serving) different Cacaosuyo bars featured this week, and was made with "white" cacao beans grown in the Piura Province of northwestern Peru.
This chocolate had a pleasant milk chocolate aroma with a faint earth note. The bar was relatively thin, allowing great access to the texture and flavor. The first bite had a very slightly gummy melt; and the overall mouthfeel and texture were luxuriously creamy.
Flavor notes included caramel and vanilla integrated into the milk chocolate, that also had barely detectable fruit (stone fruit, nectarine) and nutty (cashew) notes. (Any faint earth that I though I detected in the aroma was not really present in the flavor.)
Ingredients: Cacao paste (Theobroma cacao L), milk, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla
*The Four Suyos refers to Incan empire Tawantinsuyu's Four Suyos (similar to counties or regions) that surrounded Cuzco: Antisuyo (east, forest/wild area), Chinchaysuyo (northwest), Contisuyo (west) and Collasuyo (south). The Empire at its heydey occupied most of Peru, and parts of what is now Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina.
Piura, Peru, would have been part of Chinchaysuyo. (Chinchay in Quechua means Ocelot.)