Saturday, May 22, 2021

Raaka Chocolate - Vanilla Violet Unroasted Dark Chocolate 68% Cacao bar - May 21, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Raaka Chocolate 
Vanilla Violet 68% Cacao bar
Good ++ 
Weight: .9 oz. (25.5 g.) / 1.8 oz. (51 g.) in total bar
Calories: 140 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and VWXYZ Theme Week, fearturing chocolate items with origins and flavor inclusions that begin with the letters V, W, X, Y and/or Z.

Today's Vanilla Violet 68% Cacao bar was from Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).

The cacao used to make this unroasted, dark chocolate was from Reserva Zorzal, a large, private reserve and bird sanctuary, in the Dominican Republic. Zorzal is the Spanish word for thrush (songbird).

The bar had an attractive, complex aroma. The initial bold, slightly bitter dark chocolate and green notes shifted to reveal warm vanilla floral spice notes, followed by light marshmallow.

The chocolate had a uniform, well-tempered, smooth texture initially with a slight graininess (light green, botanical, marshmallow/cacao/violet leaf astringency) in the finish.

The flavor was a blend of naturally sweet, bold dark chocolate and heavenly floral-botanical (violet) and vanilla. The makers infused violet into the cocoa butter and the chocolate contained "flecks of ground vanilla bean."

Maker's description/tasting notes: "...Dominican cacao lends notes of cinnamon and brown sugar."

This bar was a collaboration between Raaka and the New York Botanical Garden not far from the chocolate maker in New York City. The Garden "supports living collections of more than 1 million plants inside their 250-acre landscape and conservatory. This bar celebrates the beauty and flavor of the plants that surround and sustain NY." (Source: Raaka/Bar and Cocoa website.)

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic vanilla bean, organic violet leaf. (Both violet flowers and leaves are edible.)

Allergen-related information: "Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free"

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