Friday, June 4, 2021

Luisa Abram - Dark Chocolate with Cupuacu (bar) - June 3, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Luisa Abram 
Chocolate Intenso Com Cupuacu (barra)
(Dark Chocolate with Cucuacu (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 220 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 (+ shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Today's Chocolate Intenso Com Cupuacu (bar) was from Luisa Abram (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The company specializes in bean to bar chocolate made with wild cacao from the Amazon. 

The aroma notes emanating from this bar included: candied cupuacu* (similar to a blend of guava, passion fruit, papaya) and bold dark chocolate.

This relatively robust but smooth dark chocolate was smooth, with the tiny squares of candied cupuacu adding chewy, dried fruit texture and pops of interesting fruit flavor that at times harmonized with the chocolate and at times provided a dynamic contrast, that I came to like more over the re-tasting experience.

Flavor notes: The fairly intense, earthy dark chocolate had medium acidity with a touch of fruit. The cupuacu pieces contributed pops of complex sweet and sour candied fruit flavor -- that also had fleeting boozy, fermented, woodsy evergreen/pine and apricot and pineapple notes.

Ingredients: Cacao mass, cupuacu candy, organic cane sugar and cocoa butter.

Allergen-related information: Does not include gluten ingredients. Made in a facility that processes/May contain traces of milk, Brazil nuts and tree nuts.

*Cupuacu is a fruit (Theobroma grandiflorum) that shares some traits with cacao (Theobroma cacao). Both originated in South America and grow in Brazil and have pods that contain large seeds that are surrounded by pulpy light colored fruit. 

Cupuacu fruit is used in a variety of desserts.  The candied fruit is made from a white pulpy fruit inside of a pod...and is a member of the cacao family??

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