Friday, December 3, 2021
Zotter - In-Fusion - Raspberry in Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) - Dec. 2, 2021
Chocolate of the Day
In-Fusion - Raspberry 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: Zotterusa.com, online order
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Weeks.
Today's Zotter In-Fusion Raspberry in Cacao (bar) was made 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 and flavored with ground, freeze-dried fruits that mirror/enhance naturally occurring fruit notes in cacao.
Aroma notes for this bar included: red raspberries and raspberry hot chocolate.
Made with 40% "dark" milk chocolate, this bar had a creamy, even texture; and a smooth, sweet, chocolately hot cocoa flavor.
Other flavor notes included red raspberry fruit and jam, faint vanilla and a very faint, fleeting earth note.
The number one ingredient was sugar; and this bar was quite a bit sweeter than the other dark chocolate bars in this (Zotter) In-Fusion bar series tasted so far. All have contained some milk powder, but the other In-Fusion bars contained (or at least started with) 70% dark chocolate vs. today's milkier and sweeter 40% cacao bar. As a result cocoa notes were more muted.
Happily the authentic fruit aroma and flavor of the raspberries (fully incorporated and with no seed grit) were allowed to shine brightly and beautifully in this bar. A judicious amount of vanilla contributed some natural "happy" flavor (hot cocoa, baked goods), and a wee bit of salt helped balance the sweetness.
Maker's tasting notes: "Created bean-to-bar, using fine flavor cacao and freeze-dried raspberries by "Faire Beere".*
Ingredients: Organic, fair trade cane sugar; organic, fair trade cocoa butter; dry whole milk; organic, fair trade cocoa mass; dry skim milk; organic dried raspberries (2%); organic soy lecithin; organic vanilla bean powder; organic lemon powder (organic lemon juice concentrate, organic corn starch, organic sugar); salt
Allergen-related information: "Contains milk, soy." (double check all ingredients)
*Faire Beere d.o.o. is a producer of fruits and tree nuts, located in Bratunac, Bosnia-Herzegovina.