Sunday, September 26, 2021

Chocolate Story - Ghana 70% Cocoa Grand Cru (bar) - Sept. 25, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Manufaktura Czekolody
(Chocolate Story)
Ghana 70% Cocoa Grand Cru (bar)
Good ++ -  Good+++
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 149.25 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.50 (+ summer shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Ghana Theme Week. 

The Republic of Ghana is a West African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean, about the size of Oregon or Wyoming in the U.S. Ghana is currently the second largest cacao producing country in the world. 

Today's Ghana 70% Cocoa Grand Cru (bar) was created by Manufaktura Czekology (Chocolate Story) in Poland.

The aroma notes for this bar included (in order of appearance): fudge brownie, molasses, faint green (stalks), vegetable (potato chip), faint sweet mixed fruit + grape jelly, and very faint warm spice (brown sugar caramel and cinnamon)...and a few minutes later, faint, mineral (calcium) and green floral (orchid).

Flavor notes included: dark chocolate cake, brown sugar, very subtle fruit (fresh, ripe wine grapes), dried fruit (prune). 

This fudge-y, chocolate-y bar with touches of fruit and other flavors will likely appeal across the board to dark chocolate aficionados. It was smooth and naturally sweet, but with enough complexity and style to go beyond a mere confection. And it was bold without being too acidic or bitter.

Maker's tasting notes: "a delicate dried grape flavor at first with the taste of caramel, nougat and roasted nuts."

Ingredients: Roasted cocoa beans from Ghana (70%), sugar. (Cocoa solids 70% min.)

Allergen-related information: May contain milk, nuts.

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