Saturday, May 30, 2020

Chocolate Real - Ka'kow dark 99% Guatemalan Cacao (bar) - May 30, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chocolate Real
Ka'kow Homemade Chocolate dark (oscura) 99% Guatemalan Organic Cacao (bar)
Good +
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 138 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $N/A - gift from a friend
Purchased from: N/A - gift from a friend (thank you Dennis!)

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Maya Empire Theme Week.

Today's Ka'kow Homemade Chocolate dark (oscura) 99% Guatemalan Organic Cacao (bar) was from Chocolate Real (Sumpango Sacatepequez, Guatemala). Chocolate Real (which also translates into Royal Chocolate in English) started making chocolate in Guatemala in 2013.

This dark chocolate had a strong, pleasant, "sweet" hot chocolate aroma. A high percent of cocoa butter (50%) enabled a creamy smooth melt and texture. The flavor had strong true, bold dark chocolate flavor with balanced bitterness (and at 99% cacao total) with almost no sugar or bright fruit sweetness.

The true chocolate, and brownie flavor notes gave way to a finish with a  slightly minty/menthol note. Note the mint all but disappeared in subsequent tastings throughout the day and was replaced by a very faint spice (cinnamon) note.

Ingredients: "manteca de cacao (al menos 50%), licor de cacao, sabor a vanilla, sal"--loosely translated: cocoa butter (at least 50%), cocoa liquor, vanilla flavor, salt.

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