Friday, December 10, 2021

Zotter - In-Fusion - Passion Fruit + Orange Chocolate (bar) - Dec. 9, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

In-Fusion - Passion Fruit + Orange in Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar 
Calories: 200 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #18 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Weeks.

Today's Zotter In-Fusion Passion Fruit + Orange in Cacao (bar) was made from bean-to-bar, in Austria, and distributed by Zotter Chocolates US LLC (Fort Myers, FL). 

This dark chocolate was part of a line of fruit "in-fusion" bars made with fine cacao(s) and flavored with a variety of freeze-dried fruits that mirror/enhance naturally occurring fruit notes found in cacao--a wonderful concept. 

Today's bar had a very subtle aroma (chocolate, butter/cream, diffuse fruit); a creamy, even texture; and a smooth chocolately flavor with notes of sweet citrus (faint, sweet orange), very faint tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit), and fleeting, very faint earth and light seed/nut notes. There is also a trace of light passion fruit that shows up in the finish.

While nicely executed and well balanced, milk powder added to this dark chocolate smoothed (but also muted) flavors a bit. Some will really like the sophisticated smoothness. However, leaving out milk would likely have resulted in stronger cocoa and brighter or clearer fruit (passion fruit and orange) notes for fine flavor complexity fans.

Maker's tasting notes: "Dark chocolate with a classic 70% cacao content enhanced with 2 types of couverture--passion fruit and orange. It combines a sublime chocolate indulgence with sweet and tangy citrus fruit. This goes very well with the cacao's natural aroma profile, which is full of citrus notes. It also gets its tender melt from pure cocoa butter. Created...using fine flavor cacao and freeze-dried orange juice and passion fruit. A dark chocolate with a refreshing orange and passion fruit flavor--an absolute zinger!"

Ingredients: Organic, fair trade cocoa mass; organic, fair trade cane sugar; organic, fair trade cocoa butter; dry skim milk yoghurt; organic dried passion fruit (2%); organic dried oranges (2%); organic soy lecithin; organic, fair trade dark brown cane sugar; organic lemon powder (organic lemon juice concentrate, organic corn starch, organic sugar); organic vanilla bean powder; salt.

Allergen-related information: "Contains milk, soy." "Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame."

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