Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Moku Chocolate - Ecuador Camino Verde 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 26, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Moku Chocolate
Ecuador Camino Verde 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .8 oz. (22.5 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 120 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.75 (approx.) for 1 bar ($35 for 4 bars)
Purchased from: Good Food Awards Marketplace, online order  

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

Today's Ecuador Camino Verde 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) was hand-crafted from bean to bar by Moku Chocolate (Philomath, OR). The maker's description of this chocolate follows:

"Ecuador is home to the heirloom Nacional cacao varietal which is famous for its floral aroma and flavor. The cacao used to make this chocolate comes from Camino Verde, a sustainable farm and fermentary in Ecuador. Camino Verde's expert fermentation techniques help to bring out distinct flavor profiles."

Aroma notes included true chocolate (dark chocolate cake, fudge), light molasses, green floral, and warm floral spice. In the aroma was the implied promise of a pleasing, flavorful dark chocolate experience. 

Flavor notes for this smooth, well-tempered bar included: slightly tart sweet, true chocolate (fudge brownie) and floral. The 70% single origin Ecuador dark chocolate was relatively intense (very faint, well-managed, almost sharp/acidic earth (peat) note) with an appealing complexity.

To have a relatively bold, slightly acidic, chocolate like this with floral notes still intact was a pleasure. The floral notes and a natural, almost honeyed, sweetness were balanced by the boldness of the dark chocolate.

Maker's tasting notes: "Floral, honey, fudge."

Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter 

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

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