Chocolate of the Day
Durian Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 2.65 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 360 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week.
Today's Durian Milk Chocolate (bar) was crafted by Siamaya Chocolate / Siamaya Craft Co., Ltd. (Chang Mai, Thailand).
The chocolate bar, made in Thailand, was redolent with authentic durian fruit,* and had a fainter chocolate, aroma. This milk chocolate was sweet, but not enough to overwhelm the unique fruit flavor. Although it was sweet enough to make it hard to detect cacao nuances.
*Properly ripe durian fruit is very tasty, sweet, fruity and slightly pungent. It's also difficult to describe. It's a combination of smooth, creamy white mango, a custardy melon with a hint of musk or something similar. When overripe or not properly ripened, the adjectives spew from people's mouths with some disgust--and none of their word choices are good. (Excrement, garbage, sweat, you name it, it's on the why-I-don't-like-durian-fruit list. This poor, maligned fruit is even on the "no fly" list (not allowed on certain forms of public transportation) due to its potential odor. Thankfully, today's Siamaya Chocolate bar seemed to have captured this unique, and occasionally controversial, fruit in perfect form, perhaps the chocolate even captured or stabilized the best of the flavor.
Ingredients: cacao nibs (38.8%), organic cane sugar (33.95%), powdered milk (14.55%), cacao butter (9.7%), durian fruit (2.7%), organic sunflower lecithin (0.3%).