Sunday, February 20, 2022

Seahorse Chocolate - Dark Milk 60% Ucayali River (bar) - Feb. 20, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Seahorse Chocolate
Dark Milk 60% Ucayali River (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $13 for 1 bar ($39 for 3 bars, included shipping)
Purchased from: Good Food Awards Marketplace, part of larger online order

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Dark Milk 60% Ucayali (Peru) bar was from/crafted by Seahorse Chocolate (Bend, OR). 

Seahorse chocolate makers have "decades" of coffee roasting experience (helpful when determining optimal roast profiles for the different cacao bean origins they work with as well). They hand pour their chocolate bars in their small chocolate factory in Oregon.

Aroma notes for this bar included: dark chocolate, very faint fleeting earth, coconut, and very faint ripe citrus (candied orange) and toffee nut brittle.

Flavor notes included fudge-y dark chocolate, toffee nut brittle, citrus fruit (ripe, sweet orange) and light coconut/coconut milk. The chocolate had a relatively long finish, with some of the above notes tapering off; and an earthy dark chocolate note that lingered a bit longer toward the end.

This was a flavorful 60% dark "milk" (coconut milk) bar with bold dark chocolate flavors and managed complexity. It was a bit sweet for my taste, but the coconut milk and sugar likely added balance to what may have been overly intense citrus (orange, orange peel) and earthy cacao notes.

Maker's tasting notes: "Fudge, candied orange peel"

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic sugar, coconut milk, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: "Vegan, Gluten-free"

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