Saturday, August 14, 2021

Simon Coll Xocolaters - 99% Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) - Aug. 14, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Simon Coll Xocolaters
99% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Calories: 180 Calories: in 1/3 bar
Cost: $4.99 for 1 bar
Purchased at Nugget Markets, Tiburon, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of 100% Cacao and Nibs Theme Week.

Today's 99% Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Simon Coll Xocolaters (Barcelona, Spain). Yes, I realize 99% cacao is not 100%, but stick with me here. 

Aroma notes for this bar, in order of appearance: nut (peanut), sweet green (matcha green tea), light chocolate cookie, sweet and savory Japanese rice cracker and very faint malt, dark chocolate.

The texture had an even, pleasing creamy melt and mouthfeel.

And then we have the flavor. This 99% bar conjured up the singular notion of a dark, muscular jaguar, softly padding through a faintly earthy tropical forest with notes of fresh rain, red clay, and black soil. This was a tamed jaguar. Nothing scary happened (quite the contrary); but it was experienced with ultra-dark respect and a little trepidation at first, nonetheless.

The deep, dark roasted notes were well balanced, with a carefully managed bitterness and loamy earth. The even, lingering finish had balanced, roasted charcoal (with barely there steamed, sweet green leaf bundles with rice) notes. The jaguar was tracking traces of an ancient fire-breathing dragon and an invisible sugar pixie (1%). 

Made in Spain, this bar contained elements (and inspired analogies) from multiple continents. The flavor profile might be a bit roasty for some, but it will be a fun 100%-like ride for others --and enjoyed by those wanting an escape from sugar land. I enjoyed this bar.

Ingredients: "Chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar. (Cocoa solids 99% minimum.) "
Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar.

Allergen-related information: "May contain milk, nut and soya traces."

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