Chocolate of the Day
Mango Mojito 68% Cacao Unroasted Dark Chocolate (bar)
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 140 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: RaakaChocolate.com, online order
Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate and Holiday Spirits Theme Week.
Today's Mango Mojito Unroasted* Dark Chocolate 68% Cacao (bar)--created by Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY)--was a nod to the Cuban Mojito (rum, sugarcane, mint, lime). No alcohol was detectable in this chocolate, but the flavors honored the spirit of this cocktail.
Aroma notes for today's limited edition ("first nibs"), spirited dark chocolate included: smooth, dark chocolate; tart sweet fruit (apricot, mango, pineapple, citrus); subtle green (mint, oxalis); and faint brown sugar.
Flavors for this well-tempered, 68% dark chocolate bar included dark, flavorful chocolate (with a hint of natural marshmallow sweetness and implied, fleeting floral vanilla).
Infused into this chocolate was a relatively subtle and balanced bouquet of accent flavors including fruit (mango, citrus) and green herb (mint). Tiny clumps of brown sugar adorned the back of the bar, and provided warmth and depth to the overall taste.
The cacao used to make this bar was from Tanzania (Kokoa Kamili). The mint and lime ingredients were seamlessly infused into the added cocoa butter that was in turn blended completely with the cocoa solids.
The texture was smooth (no crunchy fruit or botanical bits) and uniform, as you might expect from a freshly-made, shaken, sieved cocktail. And the sugar levels were relatively restrained, allowing the chocolate and the added mango mojito tribute flavors to be savored and appreciated.
This chocolate offered a sophisticated, restrained vibrance that seemed designed to break through winter to wish everyone a very Happy New Year's Eve, and Feliz 2022!
Raaka's short description read: "sweet, fruity, minty"
Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic mango, organic mint, organic lime zest
Allergen-related information: "Vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free"
*The makers at Raaka make their chocolates/bars from scratch, using unroasted cacao beans in order to...make "delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder and fruitier side of cacao."