Monday, March 21, 2022

Cacao Hunters - 71% Cacao Elizabeth (bar) - Mar. 21, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Cacao Hunters
71% Cacao Elizabeth Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 2 oz. (56 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.50 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.

Today's Cacao Hunters 71% Cacao Elizabeth Dark Chocolate (bar) was produced by Cacao de Colombia (Popayan, Cauca, Colombia).

For (yesterday's and) today's Cacao Hunters' Colombia bars, I found it best to distinguish between the aroma notes present when first opened, and the aroma notes after the bar was allowed to sit (in an open package) for a few minutes. (Both bars were enclosed in an air-tight "foil" pouch, which helps explain this phenomenon.)

The initial aroma notes for this bar (like yesterday's) included notes I associate with fermentation and anaerobic digestion (slight vinegar and wood mulch notes). However, when allowed to breathe for a few minutes, these notes dissipated, and more pleasant notes came to the fore: chocolate (cookie), green tea, honey, maple sugar, and faint and diffuse red fruit and tropical fruit (fleeting guava) jelly notes.

This well-tempered, 71% dark, single origin chocolate had a buttery texture and melt. The flavor notes were pleasing and echoed the aroma notes above--only with richer, deeper cocoa flavor, with a faint flicker of muted forest/earthy cacao, and small upticks of authentic sweet, diffuse fruit(s), and plant sugars (sugar cane, maple sugar) and fruit-floral honey. 

Ingredients: "Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter"

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of milk, peanuts and nuts"

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