Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Chocolate Naive - Soursop Fruit Chocolate 67% (bar) - Dec. 7, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Chocolate Naive
Soursop Fruit Chocolate 67% (bar) 
Good ++
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 316.96 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $10.00 (+ summer shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #16 of Chocolate and Fruits Theme Weeks.

Today's Soursop Fruit Chocolate 67% (bar) was from Chocolate Naive (Vilnius, Lithuania).

Aroma notes for this bar included: rich, slightly earthy chocolate with diffuse fruit and very faint nut/buttery seed notes.

The chocolate had a smooth texture, with a slight fruit astringency (faint grainy, dryness).

The flavor had a lovely blooming quality upon the first bite. Notes included buttery chocolate and tart-sweet soursop fruit (complex, fluxing notes of plum; custard apple; ripe, sweet fuyu persimmon; very faint strawberry; very faint ripe, sweet pineapple; very faint, sweet kiwi)--and a fleeting faint, sweet parsnip/sweet potato note. 

What a fun, intricate and interesting fruit and chocolate ride--made possible by Chocolate Naive chocolate maker, Domantas Uzpalis, who skillfully showcased soursop*, and enabled us to experience this unique tasty fruit shape-shifter.

Ingredients: "Specialty cacao*, cane sugar*, pure cacao butter*, soursop* (7%). *Wild or all-natural farming"

Allergen-related information: May contain traces of treenuts, peanuts, wheat, milk.

*There are many varieties of soursop (also known as graviola (Brazilian Portuguese) and guanabana (Spanish)). Native to the tropical Americas, soursop (Annona muricata) is related to other "custard apple" fruits, and to fruits like the Brazilian pawpaw, the North American pawpaw, and the cherimoya. (Laxmanphal in India.) Sapote fruits are often included in this broader group. All of these are relatively rare in U.S. markets.

While I don't know exactly which variety of soursop was incorporated into this bar, I enjoyed reading the maker's description (below):

"Healthy doesn't have to mean boring, and this miracle fruit bar sure has its place for the picky chocolate aficionado who plans to live a long, unmiserable, and vigorous life. There are fruits, superfruits, and super mega fruits, but they all bite the dust compared to soursop. Behind the warty spines and thick leathery skin hides the succulent pulp, and oh boy is it delicious! Open your mouth and get ready to heal."

The illustration on this bar's packaging depicted a soursop fruit with a spiky green exterior, and a light-colored interior (fruit pulp) with relatively large, dark seeds.

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