Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Raven Rising - 76% Tanzanie Banana (bar); and Black Trumpet Mushroom Chocolate - Nov. 23, 2021

Chocolate(s) of the Day

Raven Rising
76% Tanzanie Dark Chocolate and Banana (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.71 oz. (105 g.) (estimate) in total bar
Calories: 290 calories (per label) in 50 g. of bar
Cost: $13.75 for 1 bar (+ shipping)
Purchased from: Raven Rising, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Raven Rising
Black Trumpet Mushroom (chocolate)
Good ++
Weight: .5 oz. (14 g.) / 6 oz. (168 g.) (estimate per label) in 1 box of 12 pieces
Calories: 43.4 calories (estimate, per label) in 1 piece
Cost: $37.50 for 1 box of 12 chocolates (4 different flavors) (+ shipping)
Purchased from: Raven Rising, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Weeks.

Today's 76% Tanzanie (Tanzania) Dark Chocolate and Banana (bar) and Black Trumpet Mushroom filled chocolate were both handcrafted creations from Raven Rising (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada). 

The company is helmed by Chef Tammy Maki (a "proud Saulteaux Ojibwe Kwe from White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan" (Canada)) and produces "Global Indigenous Chocolates" including high-quality bars and confections. Maki sources ingredients from Indigenous people and businesses whenever possible, and uses Barry Callebaut (Callebaut and Cacao Barry) chocolate(s) that are traceable back to their respective origins.

Tanzanie Dark Chocolate and Banana (bar)
Maki does a masterful job of selecting chocolate origins and blends to pair with her Indigenous flavor inclusions. The Tanzania dark chocolate used as a base for light and airy banana slices was delicious, with chocolate (deep dark chocolate brownie/torte), diffuse fruit (prune, fig cookie, berry, green banana), nut and green notes.

This relatively thick bar had a creamy, smooth texture with a substantial, satisfying mouthfeel.

The freeze-dried banana slices added a subtle, authentic and highly complementary, banana fruit flavor.

Ingredients: "Tanzanie 75% (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, natural vanilla flavour), Freeze-dried banana (banana)."

Allergen-related information: "Contains: Soy."

Black Trumpet Mushroom chocolate
Mushrooms may be referred to as the "fruit(ing) body" of a fungi/fungus. But, they're not really fruits. However, mushrooms can make great flavor additions to chocolate(s). 

The second Raven Rising chocolate featured today was a filled chocolate flavored with black trumpet mushroom (also called the black chanterelle mushroom). The Black Trumpet was described as having a "nutty/smokey taste that pairs perfectly with the chocolate." (I couldn't agree more. Then again, I really enjoy savory/umami chocolate flavors; so perhaps I'm biased.)

This creamy, filled chocolate was made with "Cacao Barry 70% Fleur De Cao" (blend) couverature chocolate. It had well balanced, very subtle savory (mushroom), subtle tart-sweet red fruit/sweet red wine grape, faint floral (vanilla) and nut, and rich chocolate (faint brownie) aroma and flavor notes. The umami flavor of the mushroom helped balance out the sugar in these sophisticated confections.

Allergen-related information: Contains: dairy

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