Monday, August 9, 2021

Lindt - Excellence 100% Cocoa Unsweetened Chocolate (bar) - Aug. 9, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Lindt and Sprungli
Excellence 100% Cocoa Unsweetened Chocolate (bar)
Good +
Weight: .85 oz. (25 g.) / 1.7 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 140 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to the first day of 100% Cacao and Nibs Theme Week, featuring chocolates with pure cacao flavor. 

Today's Unsweetened 100% Cocoa (bar) was distributed by Lindt and Sprungli (USA) Inc. (Stratham, NH).* This ultra-slim bar was packaged in a thin plastic tray (likely to help prevent breakage) and sealed in with a peel-off foil top layer.

Aroma: As with many unsweetened chocolate, the aroma of a 100% bar can be lighter/brighter/sweeter than--or simply at odds with--the taste. In this case a mindful sniff detected deep dark chocolate, subtle over-ripe fruit (prune, apricot, banana), light green (matcha green tea, green floral, fresh cut grass), fleeting caramel and marshmallow, and roasted cacao notes.

Texture: This well tempered bar had an even melt and predominantly creamy texture with some ultra-faint graininess and astringency (puckery dryness as in some red wines, persimmon and pomegranate).

Taste: Today's 100% chocolate was long on dark, deep roasted flavor with bold, well-managed bitterness and acidity. (The added cocoa powder was alkalized--a process designed to bring down sharper, acidic flavors.) 

Lindt's tasting notes read as follows: "100% reveals the strength and richness of cocoa beans. The flavour profile delivers a strong, aromatic cocoa taste complemented by a perfect balance of acidity, bitterness and fresh green notes..."

Ingredients: Chocolate, cocoa powder processed with alkali, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: "May contain milk, soy and tree nuts."

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