Chocolate of the Day
Vietnam 73% Dark Origin Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.35 oz. (40 g.) / 2.7 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 226.6 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $1.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week, and Day #1 of VXYZ Theme Week, featuring chocolate items with origins and flavor inclusions that begin with the letters V,X,Y and/or Z--for example, Vietnam and vanilla.
Today's Vietnam 73% Dark Origin Chocolate (tablet/bar) was manufactured by Libeert s.a. (Comines, Belgium). The company produces a variety of chocolates including classic, organic, and single origin bars.
This chocolate had an alluring true chocolate (dark chocolate mousse) with a hint of warm vanilla. The aroma, melt, flavor were well-executed, well-mannered and very smooth. The texture was creamy.
In addition to rich, dark hot cocoa flavor, there was a very subtle fruit sweetness (very faint sweet tangerine/sweet lemon) throughout, and a bit of woodsy earth in the latter half.
Like most of the other Vietnam single origin bars featured this week, today's chocolate was made using Trinitario variety (of cacao). In the maker's words, single origin/variety choices like this can yield a "bouquet of flavors."
This Trinitario bar offered a bit of boldness with layered flavors--rather than the very subtle, delicate notes of a Criollo cacao, and the more uniformly dense, dark boldness of a Forastero variety of cacao. Trinitario cacao has the potential to offer some of the best of both ends of this spectrum.
The maker's tasting notes: "A robust dark chocolate made of Trinitario cocoa beans with a genuine earthy taste. The distinct acidic cocoa flavour is enriched with delicate hints of citrus, wood and tobacco."
Ingredients: Chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, natural vanilla flavor; cocoa solids 73% minimum.
Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of milk, soy, almonds, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, wheat and egg."