Friday, February 4, 2022

Momotombo Chocolate - Dark Chocolate 100% Cacao (bar) - Feb. 4, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Momotombo Chocolate Factory
Dark Chocolate 100% Cacao (bar)
Good +++
Weight: .94 oz. (26.6 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar 
Calories: 200 calories in 1/3 bar (8 squares)
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #1 of 100% Chocolate Theme Week. 

Today's Dark Chocolate 100% Cacao (bar) was from Momotombo Chocolate Factory (Managua, Nicaragua). 

In 2004, Momotombo Chocolate founder, Carlos Mann, began producing "fresh chocolate" with basic tools (pots, spoons, stove) in Nicaragua that could be easily produced by local women in their own kitchens. He helped train women to make chocolate, in their own kitchens, reclaiming, in some ways, a centuries old cacao tradition in Nicaragua.

The Momotombo Chocolate Factory today offers bonbons, bars, drinking chocolate, nibs and other chocolate treats made from fine cacao grown in Nicaragua. Today's 100% bar was made from a single ingredient: "cacao."

Aroma notes for this sophisticated 100% bar included: cacao, green, molasses, and dried fruit (date), and very faint spice (black licorice, sarsaparilla).

The well-tempered chocolate broke with a robust snap; and it had a smooth, thick buttery melt and buttery, fudgey texture.

The taste? The flavor was an incorporation of all the aroma notes (above), into a powerful dark river of deep, unsweetened chocolate. After a few bites, the subtle, clean finish grew to include a faint flicker of bright berry (fresh raspberry) accompanied by dark chocolate with faint licorice herb. 

This 100% bar had lovely, complex flavors with well-balanced bitterness--all from pure 100% cacao. No sugar. Nothing else added.

Ingredients: "Cacao"

Allergen-related information: (None were listed on bar's packaging/label.)

*Momotombo is the name of a volcanic mountain in Nicaragua. Volcanic soils impart minerals (soil nutrients) that can add ("terroir") flavor into cacao, coffee and other crops.

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