Chocolate of the Day
Almond Gosh! Dark Chocolate with Almonds 73% (bar)
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35.5 g.) / 2.5 oz. (71 g.) in total bar
Calories: 194 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Exquisito Chocolates, online order
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Almond Gosh! Dark Chocolate with Almonds (bar) was from Exquisito Chocolates (Little Havana, Miami, FL). The company offers a line of confections and bars. They source cacao to make bean-to-bar chocolate from multiple origins (including Ecuador, Haiti, and Colombia).
Aroma notes for this Ecuador bar included dark chocolate with very faint green, nut and very faint, fleeting roasted coffee.
Smooth, rich dark chocolate (pudding/mousse, nut brownie) flavor was interspersed with crunchy, satisfying, malty-nutty almond bits.
The chocolate also had an appealing finish with more true chocolate, delicate molasses, and roasted and nut notes rounding out the taste experience.
Hats off to the maker. The choice of 73% cacao dark chocolate for this high-end chocolate and nut blend seemed perfect. The chocolate was not too sweet (thank you); and the chocolate was also smooth and chocolate-y, yet rich, enough to appeal to many palettes. (Nothing scary for milk chocolate lovers.)
Ingredients: Cacao beans, unrefined cane sugar, cocoa butter, almond
Allergen-related information: Contained nuts (almonds). (No information listed on package.)