Saturday, December 25, 2021

Oodaalolly - 70% Kasama Cacao dark chocolate (bar) - Dec. 24, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Oodaalolly, LLC
70% Kasama Cacao, dark chocolate infused with Kasama Rum (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 218 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar ($24.00 for 3 bar set)
Purchased from: Oodaalolly, LLC, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Holiday Spirits Theme Week.

Today's 70% Kasama Cacao dark chocolate (bar) infused with Kasama Rum* was from Oodaalolly, LLC (El Cerrito, CA). This was part of a three-bar Christmas Collection (that also included Coconut Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate with Pineapple Chunks bars)--all with a very subtle hint of Kasama Rum.

Oodaalolly chocolate maker and company founder, Hernan Lauber, sources cacao from (a co-op) in the Davao region of the Philippines to make his chocolates.

The aroma notes for this bar included: warm cocoa, spices, nut and tart lemon green herb (oxalis, sorrel). And the 70% cacao chocolate had smooth, balanced and naturally sweet dark chocolate flavor, with a very mild fruitiness, relatively low acidity and minimal bitterness.

Ingredients: "Cacao, coconut palm sugar, cocoa butter."

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that uses milk, soy, peanuts and/or tree nuts for Oodaalolly LLC..."

*Kasama Rum is produced in small batches by Alexandra Dorda (who has Polish and Filipino roots). Ingredients (sugar cane, other) from the Philippines are sent to Poland for distillation, aging in oak barrels/finishing. Tasting notes: "Kasama has all the flavors of the tropics: pineapple, a hint of vanilla and just a pinch of sea salt." ("Kasama is a tagalog verb that means to be together.")

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