Thursday, October 21, 2021
Raaka - Maple Dark Unroasted Dark Chocolate (75% Cacao Baking Chocolate) - Oct. 21, 2021
Chocolate of the Day
Maple Dark Unroasted Dark Chocolate 75% Cacao Baking Chocolate (pieces)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1/8 cup (15 g.) / 8 oz. (226.4 g.) in total package
Calories: 71 calories in 1/8 cup serving
Cost: $15.00 for 1 package
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Uganda Theme Week.
Today's Maple Dark, Unroasted Dark Chocolate, 75% Cacao Baking Chocolate (pieces) were made by Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn, New York.
These dark chocolate baking pieces were made with cacao sourced from Uganda (Semuliki Forest). Raaka practices "transparent trade," and pays farmers (farmer-owned co-ops and grower-centered organizations in cacao growing countries) "transparent, stable premiums above Fair Trade prices."
The rich dark chocolate aroma and flavor were similar and included: dark, almost tart/tangy sweet molasses/brown or maple sugar; dried fruits (prunes and a few dark, dried cherries with a tiny splash of apple brandy and light cider vinegar with warm spice); clean and clear green, and balanced, diffuse forest/earth notes.
There was a very slight astringency in the taste (a slight throat tickle), but overall the melt and mouthfeel were smooth and even.
The relatively thin (wafer thickness) of these ebony-colored, flat, heptagonal (seven-sided) polygons yielded quick access to rich dark chocolate flavors, and made these pieces well-suited (easy to melt and stir evenly) for baking, cooking or fondue-ing.
These balanced, bold and bittersweet pieces will add extra depth to tortes, brownies, couverture, homemade snack mix, or any other item you create. And they'd make a flavorful addition to a fruit. dessert or chocolate tasting plate.
Maker's notes: Raaka's description of this chocolate read as follows: "Our maple sugar sweetened, single origin take on the classic bittersweet baking chocolate is fruity, bright, and rich, with just the right amount of complexity to give your baked goods that extra oomph."
(Postscript: I found myself repeatedly returning to snack on this flavorful 75% chocolate later in the week, and upped my rating (from a "Good ++" to a "Good ++ - Good +++") based on this desire for more.)
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic maple sugar, organic cacao butter
Allergen-related information: "Certified Organic and Kosher by NFC" "Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free"