Chocolate of the Day
Toscano Black, Dark Chocolate Extra, 90% (bar)
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) / 1.75 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.50 (+ shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Buona giornata (good day) and welcome to Day #2 of Dark Chocolate Theme Week, featuring chocolates ranging from 60% to 90% cacao, made with cacao beans from either a blend of origins, and/or from an undeclared origin.
Today's Toscano Black Dark Chocolate Extra 90% (bar) was made by Amedei srl (in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy). The company offers a variety of bars, drops, pralines and spreads.
The aroma notes for this bar included: slight green herb (lemon balm, sour grass, oxalis/oxalic acid), and fruit (faint sweet berry and lemon), and mild hot chocolate.
The texture was uniform, with a slight astringency.
The flavor reflected some of the same aroma notes mentioned above and the bar was relatively approachable for a 90% cocoa chocolate.
This chocolate had a mild, bittersweet chocolate flavor with medium acidity, and very faint, fleeting malt/cereal box and coffee notes.
Maker's tasting notes: "Toscano Black, the "Manifesto" dark chocolates from Amedei. These chocolates are made from a blend of Trinitario and Criollo (cacao). With different percentages of cocoa, they evoke the unique nuances of masterfully blended beans in an encounter with classic chocolate featuring a crisp cracking sound and a clean palette. Toscano Black 90% is characterized by a delicate fragrance of white flowers and is an inviting blend with the scent of hot chocolate. A discovery to taste: despite the high cocoa percentage, it is a very creamy chocolate that leaves a very clean palate at the end."
Ingredients: Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, cane sugar. Cocoa minimum 90%.
Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk. No artificial colors or flavoring. Gluten free."