Chocolate of the Day
Hacienda Victoria Ecuador Direct Trade 63% (bar)
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 194 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar (part of larger order)
Purchased from: Good Foods Marketplace/Exquisito online order
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Hacienda Victoria Ecuador Direct Trade 63% (bar) was from Exquisito Chocolates (Little Havana, Miami, FL). The company offers a line of confections and bars, including bean-to-bar, single origin chocolates.
The aroma for today's chocolate: smooth, dark milk chocolate with nut, cream, caramel and true chocolate notes.
The fine-flavor cacao used to make this dark milk 63% bar was from Hacienda Victoria (farm) in Ecuador. The resulting chocolate had a smooth texture and melt, and a true dark milk chocolate flavor with subtle caramel and faint, fleeting cafe latte notes. (There was also a perfumed cardboard note that I believe was picked up during the shipping/handling process.)
The sweetness was balanced and the ingredient list for this single origin bar was relatively short (4 ingredients) for a milk chocolate bar. (Thank you.) I liked the choice of unrefined cane sugar that, along with the milk, imparted a slight toffee/caramel note.
Ingredients: Cacao beans, unrefined cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk
Allergen-related information: Contained milk. (No other information listed on package.)