Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Kaitxo - Dark Milk and Earl Grey Tea Peru (Palo Blanco) 50% Cacao (bar) - Feb. 15, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Milk and Earl Grey Tea Peru (Palo Blanco) 50% Cacao (bar)
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Weight: 2.4 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 440 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Limited Edition Dark Milk and Earl Grey Peru (Palo Blanco) 50% Cacao (bar) was from Kaitxo (Balmaseda, Spain). 

The cacao used to make this tea-infused chocolate was from (Cesar Vallejo de) Palo Blanco, Chulucanas, in Piura (department/region in northwestern Peru). 

After a week of 100% cacao bars, this beautifully aromatic (floral, citrus)* 50% cacao milk chocolate tasted like candy--or at the least like a very sweet milk tea. A slightly addictive chocolate "candy." If you like bergamot and Earl Grey/Lady Grey tea, you'll like this flavored bar.

Aroma notes included sweet milk chocolate and fragrant Earl Grey tea notes. Smooth, sophisticated and sweet, this tea-flavored bar had consistent, uplifting lightly perfumed flavor from start to finish. 

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, powdered milk, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, and Earl Grey tea.

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and soy. Contains milk."

*Earl Grey tea is generally flavored with bergamot citrus fruit rind and/or the essential oil made from this rind. The small, wrinkly/bumpy Bergamot (Citrus bergamia, aka bergamot orange) fruit is cultivated extensively in Italy and is known for its perfume-like fragrance with citrus and floral notes. The essential oil is used as a flavoring in teas (and in some preserves and foods) as well as a scent in perfumes and cosmetics. (The fruit itself is not generally eaten.) 

Certain cacaos used to make chocolate have naturally occurring citrus aroma and flavor notes. Bergamot is one of several citrus flavor inclusions that pairs very well with chocolate.

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