Chocolate of the Day
French Apple Tart unroasted dark chocolate 67% cacao (bar)
Weight: .9 oz. (25.4 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50.9 g.) in total bar
Calories: 140 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Raaka.com, online order
Welcome to Day #14 of Chocolate and Fruits Theme Weeks.
Today's French Apple Tart unroasted dark chocolate 67% cacao (bar) was from Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).
The company offers a wide variety of bars made with cacao that is not roasted--a choice made to capture "the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao."
Aroma notes included bittersweet dark chocolate and diffuse fruit. The (unroasted) cacao used to make this dark bar was from Kokoa Kamili (cacao producers in Tanzania) and was relatively smooth in aroma, texture and flavor.
Flavor notes included subtle, tart fruit (apple and stone fruit (cherry) tart/pie) with floral (vanilla) and very faint (possibly implied) spice--all melded with dark chocolate that lingered a bit in the finish. It was easy to imagine sitting outside a cafe in Paris on a sunny autumn day, enjoying a luscious bit of tart apple fruit pastry--with flaky crust edges rimmed in dark chocolate.
The 67% chocolate had rich dark flavor (smooth, and not too sweet); and overall bar had a balanced, but relatively high (fruit) acidity, and low-medium (and quite smooth) bitterness.
Maker's tasting notes: "Tarte aux pommes gets a chocolatey twist in this tart, apple and apricot infused Tanzanian dark chocolate. A dash of star anise and vanilla bean nod to apple brandy."
Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic cacao butter, organic cane sugar, organic green apple, organic apricot, organic star anise, organic vanilla
Allergen-related information: "vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free"