Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Swedish Cacao Company - "Darkness" Tanzania Kokoa Kamili 100% (bar) - May 4, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

The Swedish Cacao Company / Svenska Kakaobolaget
Darkness - Tanzania Kokoa Kamili, 2017 Harvest, 100% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .85 oz. (25 g.) / 1.7 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 152.5 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA 

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's Darkness Tanzania Kokoa Kamili (2017 Harvest) 100% bar was made, from bean-to-bar, in a small town in rural, southern Sweden by Svenska Kakaobolaget, aka The Swedish Cacao Company

This well-executed, "Darkness" bar had a lighter, subtler aroma and flavor than most 100%ers, including fruit, and faint green, nut and floral notes. 

The one-ingredient (100% cacao) chocolate was unsweetened but had a touch of natural, "fruit" sweetness. 

As with a few other Tanzania bars sampled this week, the "fruit" notes were subtle yet relatively bright and sweet (red apple, fig, ripe red berry/pomegranate); and there was a very faint, fleeting, and balanced, baked yeast bread/buckwheat pancake note.

The texture was almost silky smooth, and there was a very slight hint of fruit astringency toward the end of the first few bites. The latter (something you might experience with wine and tea) was subtle and also present in other Tanzania bars this week.

The maker's tasting notes read as follows: "An extra dark chocolate with intensive notes of nuts, raisins and dried figs. One ingredient. No sugar or any sweeteners. For the true enthusiast."

Ingredients: "100% Cacao"

Allergen-related information: "Vegan; Gluten Free; No Lecithin"  "Made in a facility that handles tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts and soy."

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