Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Moku Chocolate - Dark Milk Camino Verde Ecuador 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 27, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Moku Chocolate
Dark Milk Camino Verde Ecuador 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .88 oz. (22.5 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 130 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.75 (approx.) for 1 bar (part of a larger order - $35 for 4 bars)
Purchased from: Good Food Awards Marketplace, online order  

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

Today's Dark Milk Camino Verde Ecuador 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar) was hand-crafted from bean to bar in Oregon by Moku Chocolate (Philomath, OR).

What and where is Camino Verde (Spanish for green path or road)? Many single origin Ecuador chocolate bars use cacao from this privately owned-cacao fermentary (outside the city of Guayaquil). Camino Verde owner and fermentation expert Vicente Norero coaxes many fine flavors out of the cacao beans he receives from Ecuadorian cacao farms/farmers.

Aroma notes for this bar included (in order of appearance): faint, fleeting green-lemon herb (oxalis, sour grass, sorrel), barely there warm spice/molasses, caramel, and dark milk chocolate.

The well-tempered chocolate broke with a snap (at room temperature, 65 degrees F.), and it had a pleasing, uniformly smooth texture.

This sweet and creamy, relatively flavorful dark milk chocolate had caramel/toffee, very faint, fleeting popcorn, faint nut, faint floral, and delicate, tart-sweet, stone-fruit/honey notes. A faint, barely-there wisp of earth gracefully surfaced for a few seconds in the finish. 

This was a high-end, sweet chocolate. Thankfully the sugar was balanced by a subtle array of 60% cacao, single origin chocolate flavors and rich caramel and milk/cream tones.

Maker's tasting notes: "Chocolate, malt, cream, and toasted almonds."

Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic A2/A2 milk powder

Allergen-related information: "non-GMO, gluten free"

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