Chocolate of the Day
All-One Chocolate Roasted Whole Hazelnuts Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa (bar)
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 255 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.50 for 1 bar (2 for $7.00)
Purchased from: Piazza's, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week.
Today's All-One Chocolate Roasted Whole Hazelnuts Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa (bar) was made in Switzerland and distributed by Dr. Bronner's All-One! Magic Foods* (Vista, CA).
The company, most well-known for soap-making for many decades, now offers a line of Organic and Fair Trade Certified All-One chocolate bars. (Although it's not as big a stretch as one would think. The company learned that "many of the 800 farmers in our Regenerative Organic Certified Serendipalm project in Ghana also grew cocoa.")*
Aroma notes for this dark chocolate bar included rich cocoa, spices, nuts and very faint fruit-floral notes.
The segmented bar was thick enough to hold a generous serving of whole, softly crunchy, roasted hazelnuts amidst smooth, flavorful dark chocolate.
Flavor notes included: bold, balanced dark chocolate with hints of roasted nut, coffee and authentic vanilla bean (complex, slightly earthy, floral spice). Bites with whole hazelnuts yielded an honest hazelnut experience.
Because of the bold quality of the cacao (similar to Forastero cacao), and a judicious amount of coconut sugar, this 70% dark chocolate seemed darker (75%-78% cacao) and less sweet (thank you)--allowing more smooth, deep flavor to come through. The chocolate was relatively low in bitterness and acidity, making it fairly accessible to those who might shy away from ultra-dark bars.
Ingredients: Fair trade organic cocoa beans, fair trade organic coconut sugar, organic hazelnuts, fair trade organic cocoa butter, fair trade organic Bourbon vanilla bean
Allergen-related information: "Made on equipment that also processes almonds, hazelnuts, milk, coconut and soy." (Contains nuts - hazelnuts.)
*"Dr. Bronner's and its sister company Serendipalm opened the world's first certified organic and fair trade palm oil production facility in 2009."