Chocolate of the Day
Cote d'Ivoire Guemon Noir 100% (bar)
Weight: 1.17 oz. (3.3 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 202.3 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #3 of 100% Cacao Theme Week.
Today's Cote d'Ivoire Guemon Noir 100% (bar) was from SAS Chocolaterie A. Morin (Donzere, France).
The aroma notes for this bar included: deep, dark bittersweet chocolate, faint green and molasses, a very faint fruit (red/purple grape, blueberry) and almost invisible impression of incense.
This 100% cacao chocolate (made with cocoa nibs) broke with a well-tempered snap, and had a buttery mouthfeel, melt and texture.
Flavor notes: fudgey, buttery, relatively uniform, roasty, mild* ultra-dark chocolate, and a small pop of berry (raspberry) toward the end/finish.
Ingredients: Cocoa nibs
Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of milk, nuts and sesame"
*Mild meaning a relatively (for a 100% chocolate) balanced bitterness and acidity level and a lack of sharp or scary notes.
A "milder" 100% cacao chocolate is sometimes achieved by starting with a milder variety of cacao, longer roast and grind/conche times, and/or the addition of cocoa butter. (Cacao beans are about 1/2 cocoa solids and 1/2 cocoa butter, but the proportions can vary with climate/growing latitude and cocoa variety. Cacao beans grown at the Equator might be leaner than others growing 20 degrees above or below the Equator.)
Those new to consuming any 100% chocolates may miss the sugar initially. I often see people tasting 100% chocolates with a facial expression that says: momentarily confused brain expected something sweet that wasn't there, and is trying to re-calibrate. For those already used to unsweetened cacao chocolate, a piece of today's bar might be a good addition to a 100% cacao bar tasting flight. The aroma was quite nice, and the little pop of raspberry at the end was fun.