Chocolate of the Day
Colombian Cacao Taxonomy (Manufactured by El Colaboratorio)
Mango 70% Colombian dark chocolate (bar)
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 191 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $6.50 for 1 bar (+ summer shipping)
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.
Today's Disidente 70% cacao Colombian craft chocolate Mango (bar) was manufactured by El Colaboratorio (Bogota, Colombia).
(Cacao) Disidente creates bean-to-bar chocolates that highlight the agricultural biodiversity of Colombia. They use Colombian-grown cacao(s)--sourced from cacao co-operatives and organizations in different regions of Colombia. And some bars, like today's, include regional fruits and other inclusions.
This chocolate delivered a skillfully executed, complementary blend of dark chocolate and dried, sweet mango pieces.
The underlying dark chocolate (from what I could tell over the fruit) had very light green and oxalis,* nut and seed, and dark chocolate notes. This base chocolate was just dark and bold enough to be the perfect foil for the sweet mango--that had notes of ripe peach, sweet orange, sweet lime, and maybe a touch of ripe pineapple and cacao pulp (and a fleeting, slightly resinous note). A good mango can steal the show.
Ingredients: "Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter" (and mango).
Allergen-related information: (No information listed on label.)
*Oxalis is a plant that contains oxalic acid--a naturally occurring compound found in many plants, including greens (notably: spinach, rhubarb and beet greens), cacao (and other seeds), and nuts. Edible forms of "wild" plants like wood sorrels,"sour grass" and other forms of oxalis have a tart, almost lemony green flavor. This flavor can sometimes be detected in some dark chocolates and may be observed/described as a combination of green and/or citrus note(s) in chocolate tastings.