Saturday, May 1, 2021

Moka Origins - Tanzania 72% Dark Chocolate, (bar) - May 1, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Moka Origins
72% Tanzania Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 2.4 oz. (67.9 g.) in total bar
Calories: 372 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $12.00 (plus shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Moka Origins (online order)

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's Tanzania 72% Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Moka Origins (Honesdale, PA).

If you want to experience a warm, flavorful, sweet dark chocolate embrace, try this bar. It had an inviting aroma with warm spice (cinnamon, cloves), and freshly baked dark chocolate cake notes. The melt and texture were smooth.

The flavor had a warm and bright sweet taste, with fruity (red apple, peach, nectarine, red berry) and true chocolate (devil's food cake + rich, hot drinking chocolate) flavor and finish. 

This Tanzania cacao-based chocolate was low in bitterness; and the choice to bump up the cacao percentage (from 70% to 72%) was a good one. This bar was naturally bright and fruity; and a lower percentage of cocoa solids might have resulted in chocolate that was too sweet.

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: gluten free; vegan; soy free; made in a facility that handles tree nuts.

Raaka Chocolate - 100% Cacao Unroasted Dark Chocolate Kokoa Kamili Tanzania (bar) - April 30, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Raaka Chocolate
100% Cacao Kokoa Kamili Tanzania (bar)
Good +
Weight: .9 oz. (25.4 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50.9 g.) in total bar
Calories: 124 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Raaka Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's 100% Cacao Unroasted Dark Chocolate Kokoa Kamili Tanzania (bar) was made from bean-to-bar by Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY).

Today's bar contained just two ingredients: un-roasted, organic cacao beans from Kokoa Kamili,* Tanzania, and organic cocoa butter. No added sugar. 

Unroasted (or very lightly roasted) cacao can be a great choice for ultra high-percentage chocolate bars (85-100%) bars.

This bar had a relatively bright aroma (with an anticipation of tasting light fruit, sweet hazelnut, light spice).

It had a very smooth, slightly slow/waxy melt and texture (I was eating this bar on a cool, spring morning. I did not get the same "waxy" slow melt later in the afternoon; so this could have been temperature related.)

The flavors were subtle. The dark chocolate flavor had balanced flavor notes: buckwheat pancake, very faint green and dried fruit (prune, fig). There was a slight, fleeting astringency in the finish. And the bitterness level was quite low for a 100% cacao bar--making it a friendlier 100% bar. A faint dark chocolate and mild green note lingered in the finish.

The maker's description: "bright, not bitter." ..."Forget everything you know about 100% bars. This pure cacao bar is creamy and bright, not bitter, with a subtle, tingling fruit sweetness."

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cacao butter

Allergen-related information: Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free; Non-GMO Project Verified. USDA Organic; Transparent Trade.

*Kokoa Kamili, in the Kilombero Valley in southwest Tanzania, is a social enterprise that buys freshly harvested cacao from farmers and focuses on fermenting and drying beans in a centralized facility, to help ensure high-quality cacao for chocolate makers.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...