In 2006, my daughter bet I couldn't eat a different chocolate each day for a year. I enjoyed that year so much that, after 16+ years, I'm still eating a different chocolate every day. Happily, even after 5,860+ chocolates, there are still many more to try. Thank you to all who continue to be part of this global adventure.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Choquiero Chocolate - Puro Sabor Dark Lover's Bar with Himalayan Salt 80% Cacao - Apr. 30, 2022
Chocolate of the Day
Puro Sabor Dark Lover's Bar with Himalayan Salt 80% Cacao
Good + - Good ++
Weight: .8 oz. (22.5 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in total bar Calories: 145 calories in 1/2 bar Cost: $2.99 for 1 bar Purchased from: Country Sun Country Sun, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.
Today's Puro Sabor Dark Lover's Bar with Himalayan Salt 80% Cacao (bar) was distributed by Choquiero Chocolate (Nevada City, CA). The company produces a line of chocolates/bars made with directly sourced, organic, fairly traded, unroasted cacao.
The cacao type/variety used to make today's chocolate: Ecuadorian wild arriba criollo. Criollo cacao is prized for its subtle, almost delicate flavors.
The aroma notes for this bar included dark chocolate, lemon herb (oxalis), faint molasses/brown sugar, and vanilla biscuit (shortbread cookie).
The well-tempered bar broke with a snap. The flavor notes mirrored the aroma notes (above)--slightly citrusy, chocolate with brown sugar, and vanilla coconut sandwich cookie.
The subtle touch of salt was a good fit and complemented the relatively mellow natural sweetness of the milder, less bitter, unroasted criollo cacao (and added coconut sugar and vanilla). It was certain less intense/bitter than most other 80% ultra-dark chocolate bars. The end result was a flavorful, balanced, gently complex blend of ingredients.