Chocolate of the Day
Belvie Chocolate Maker
Chile Pepper Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao (Ben Tre) (bar)
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 208.8 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.75 (+ shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocosphere.com, online order
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.
Today's Chile Pepper Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao Ben Tre (bar) was made in Vietnam by Belvie Chocolate Maker (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).
Belvie Chocolate offers a variety of chocolate bars made with (Trinitario) fine cacao from different regions of Vietnam. This Ben Tre origin cacao chocolate was flavored with chile pepper.
Belvie Chocolate's description read as follows: "Origin Ben Tre is wedged between the two main branches of the Tien Giang River, Mekong River Delta, this province is generally flat, with complex river systems, fresh water and alluvial soil. The chocolate original from this region has a complex aroma of mixed citrus and undertones shot through with a darkly bitter, hint (of) coffee."
The aroma of this single terroir bar included mild, dark chocolate and a faint, almost bitter pepper note. The first bite yielded an a relatively light and fluffy, creamy melt.
The initial flavor was pleasant mild, dark chocolate with light fruit and a slight earthiness in the finish. The chili* pepper fire kicked in and escalated 4-5 seconds after putting it my mouth, and bloomed to a balanced burn level (and throat warmer)--after I'd already chewed and started to swallow this chocolate. (The chili heat started to subside in about 4 more seconds.)
Tip: Have a banana or glass of milk on hand if you're sensitive to spicy foods, or want a palette pause before going back for a second or third bite of this spicy chocolate.
Ingredients: "Cacao and cacao butter 70%, cane sugar 30%, chili"
Allergen-related information: "Gluten free; Dairy free; May contain traces of nut(s)."
*The type of chili pepper was not specified, so I can't tell you whether this chocolate bar was infused with Bird's Eye, Thai, Hanoi Market, or another Vietnamese pepper; but those who appreciate foods with a moderately spicy kick may enjoy this bar.