In 2006, my daughter bet I couldn't eat a different chocolate each day for a year. I enjoyed that year so much that, after 17+ years, I'm still eating a different chocolate every day. Happily, even after 6,200+ chocolates, there are still many more to try. Thank you to all who continue to be part of this global adventure.
Friday, January 21, 2022
Zotter - Labooko - Opus 5 Cuvee 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar(s) - Jan. 19, 2022
Chocolate of the Day
Labooko - Opus 5 Cuvee 72% Dark Chocolate bar(s)
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total package of 2 bars Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar Purchased from: Zotterusa.com, online order
Welcome to Day #13 of European Chocolate Vacation Theme Week. Having dipped down as far south as Spain and Italy, we've returned to Austria for more Zotter bars.
Today's Opus 5 bar from Zotter was made in Austria and distributed by Zotter Chocolates US LLC (Cape Coral, FL). The company offers hundreds of different bars--some are filled, and some, like today's, are solid chocolate and part of the company's Labooko line. This group includes many single origin and single origin blend bars.
This Opus 5 Cuvee 72% dark chocolate had a subtle aroma, smooth texture and uniform, deep dark, smooth 72% chocolate flavor with very faint fruit (berry, cranberry), and a barely there waxy fruit (star fruit) note. (I imagined a visit this month (January) to Florida to visit Zotter's US headquarters, and to feast on exotic fruits (including cacao fruit, flown in from the Caribbean.*
The number "5" in the name "Opus 5" refers to the fact that this chocolate was a blend of five cacaos from five different countries of origins: Madagascar, Sao Tome, India, Uganda and Panama.
Maker's Notes: A "world tour" in a bar. Cacaos were selected (from five origins) for their fruit notes. Each origin was roasted separately; and then they were combined. "Taste profile: Madagascar: berry aroma, caramel; Sao Tome: fruity, red cherries; India: cherries, plum puree, peach; Uganda: red fruit, berries, fudge; Panama: cherries and almonds."
Ingredients: Organic and fair traded cocoa mass; organic and fair traded sugar; organic and fair traded cocoa butter.
Allergen-related information: "Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, milk, soy, peanuts and sesame." "Vegan chocolate; soy free"