Chocolate of the Day
Perou Chamichanga Noir 100% (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 336 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.80 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Weeks.
Today's Perou Chanchamayo Noir 100% (bar) was made from bean-to-bar in France, by A. Morin (Donzere, France), from one ingredient: Organic (Peruvian) cacao beans.
The company has been creating chocolate for over a century ("from father to son" since 1884).
Today's bar was one of those 100% cacao bars that had a rich, chocolate aroma with bright-sweet true chocolate (chocolate cake) with faint earth and molasses/spice notes. The "sweet" association meant that the unsweetened taste reality was a bit of a brain disconnect with the first bite. (The palette-brain was expecting sugar.) This brain foolery happens more in some 100% bars than others.
This A. Morin thick chocolate had a fudgey rich, velvety (creamy nut butter) texture, and some initial tart acidity that mellowed over the course of the tasting experience to a relatively uniform, ultra-dark chocolate (think Forastero cacao variety and/or heavy roast profile). There was a very slight, (dark roast) balanced bitterness that lingered late in the finish after a sip of water.
Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans