Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Christopher Elbow Craft Chocolate - Tanzania 72% Dark (bar) - May 5, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Christopher Elbow Craft Chocolate
Tanzania 72% Dark (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.95 + shipping for 1 bar
Purchased from: Christopher Elbow, online order

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's Tanzania 72% Dark (bar) was from Christopher Elbow Craft Chocolate (Kansas City, MO). Christopher Elbow creates a range of high-end chocolate confections and a line of single origin, craft chocolate bars. 

The aroma of today's chocolate was subtle with faint fruit (fig) and Boston brown bread (a steamed dark, quick bread with rye flour, corn meal, molasses and raisins) notes. The taste was similar to these aroma notes, with more chocolate and fruit/fruit acidity (cherry, sweet lemon tea) flavor. A trace of the latter fruit acidity lingered in a long, slow finish.

The Tanzania cacao beans (Kokoa Kamili, 2017 Harvest) behind this bar were blessed with a natural fruit sweetness and low bitterness. (This has been the case for all the Tanzania bars tasted so far this week.) The results: 70% cacao bars taste almost too sweet. (Even this 72% bar was quite sweet.) And higher percentage bars taste sweeter, without as much sugar.

Skilled chocolate makers like Christopher Elbow, and others this week, have also been able to highlight this cacao's endearing, subtle fruit cheeriness--making this bar appealing for those put off by bolder, darker flavors.

Christopher Elbow tasting notes read as follows: "Flavor notes are cherry, coffee, and lemon."

Ingredients: Organic cacao (2017 Harvest), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter.

Allergen-related information: "Vegan and gluten free...May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and milk products." 

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