Chocolate of the Day
61% Dark/Milk Chocolate with Golden Berries and Banana (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 158 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (+ summer shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Weeks.
Today's 61% Dark Milk Chocolate with Golden Berries* and Banana (bar) was from Chocolate Naive (Vilnius, Lithuania).
Aroma notes for this bar included: chocolate, slightly earthy, aromatic fruit (sweet berry), dairy (yogurt, butter), and faint cake/cookie.
The texture was thick and relatively creamy.
This bar had milk-muted yet complex fruit notes (tart-sweet berry, banana) and rich, creamy dark milk chocolate flavor. Because the fruit inclusions were so well incorporated (organic golden berries were freeze dried and ground into the milk chocolate), it was difficult to pick out individual cacao notes.
The fresh golden berries I've tasted have a flavor a bit like a very sweet yellow cherry tomato. So, the combination with chocolate--the pairing of the golden berries with a bit of sweet, creamy banana, with the tartness mellowed/diffused a bit with grass-fed milk powder, made sense to me; and the blend worked quite nicely.
This 61% bar was a well-balanced dark milk chocolate bar with creamy sweet-tart fruit and cocoa flavors.
Maker's tasting notes: "Initial sourness followed by a creamy aftertaste. Very pleasant combination with pronounced flavor and long-lasting taste." (Notes: "Dried banana-like, honey-like, citrusy, caramely.") Suggested beverage pairing(s): sparkling wines (demi-sec champagne...slightly sweet prosecco); and still wine(s) "such as a pinot noir, merlot or zinfandel."
Ingredients: "Specialty cacao*, cane sugar*, pure cacao butter*, grass-fed milk powder*, golden berries* (5%), banana* (2%). *wild or all-natural farming"
Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of treenuts, peanuts, wheat."
*Golden berries (Physalis peruviana) are covered in a very thin, green-beige, papery husk. They are part of the nightshade (Solonaceae) family (as are tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, eggplant and peppers). The bright yellow fruits, native to South America (Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), are also known as aguaymanto, uchuvas, uvillas ("little grapes"), Inca berries, Aztec berries, Peruvian groundcherries, Poha berries, husk cherries, Pichu berries, and Cape gooseberries. (They are not gooseberries.)