Sunday, October 10, 2021

Zotter - Labooko Belize 82% Sail Shipped Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) - Oct. 10, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Labooko - Belize 82% Sail Shipped Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total package of 2 bars
Calories: 210 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $8.25 for 1 bar (+ summer shipping)
Purchased from: Bar and Cacao, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Central America Theme Week, featuring chocolates made with cacao from Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Today's Labooko Belize 82% Sail Shipped* Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) was made in Austria and distributed by Zotter Chocolates US LLC (Cape Coral, FL). The company makes a variety of bars and chocolates that are organic and fair trade.

Aroma notes included (in order of appearance): dark and chocolate-y with slight, balanced bitterness, and diffuse, dried fruit (potent but not too strong, bright or sweet, e.g. plum/prune + fig) and a very faint hint of warm spice. (In re-tasting, there was also a barely there, fleeting vegetable (green + baked potato + nut) note, and a very faint, fleeting earth note.)

This chocolate had an attractive, thick, creamy (almost whipped), and nut buttery mouthfeel and texture.

Flavor notes: The bar was well balanced with smooth, flavorful, dark chocolate (fudge, ale) and a smooth, pleasing ultra-dark finish. (In re-tasting, there were also some sparkles of red berry/fruit.) 

Maker's Notes

Zotter aroma notes: "The chocolate is just faintly bitter and offers a broad aroma spectrum." "Fragrance notes: nutty notes, accents of dried fruit (plums, cherries).

Zotter tasting notes: "...nutty praline, cream, accents of caramel, mild notes of spice. Also fruit: hints of cranberry and plum, then intense sour cherry aroma. A mild note of tannin at the finish."

Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: "Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, milk, soy, peanuts and sesame."

*The "genuine Maya" cacao used to make this bar was grown in Belize, and transported (emission free) from Belize across the ocean to Hamburg via sailboat. 

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