Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dick Taylor - 72% Belize Dark Chocolate Fish with Fleur de Sel - May 18, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
72% Belize Dark Chocolate Fish with Fleur de Sel
Good ++
Weight: .9 oz. (12.75 g.) / 1.8 oz. (25.5 g.) in total package
Calories: 140 calories (estimate) in 2 fish
Cost: $10.00 for 1 package of 4 dark chocolate fish
Purchased from: Dick Taylor, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and The Sea Theme Week.

Today's catch: 72% Belize Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel fish-shaped chocolates from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate were handcrafted in Eureka, California.

Aroma notes for these tasty "fish" included: bold dark chocolate, faint molasses/maple syrup, and very faint tart green herb (oxalis, sorrel), salty chocolate cookie, and floral.

Unlike the last (ocean-caught) salmon fish I tasted, these high-end dark chocolate novelty (species unknown) fish broke with a well-tempered snap. 

The taste was a blend of balanced bold chocolate with faint diffuse fruit (citrus), molasses and barely there green botanical notes. The Belize dark chocolate tasted darker than 72% cacao (closer to 76% - 80% cacao) and was refreshingly un-sweet.

A judicious sprinkle of sea salt (flecks of fleur de sel on the back of the fish) rounded out the flavors. 

The maker's description of today's marine-inspired chocolate (below) reveals their close connection to the sea.*

"Our Single Origin Chocolate Fish are made in celebration of our coastal home on the historic Humboldt Bay. 72% Belize chocolate is topped with a light sprinkling of Fleur De Sel sea salt, creating the perfect blend of rich dark chocolate and the subtle sharpness of the salty sea air."

Ingredients: Organic cacao (Cacao solids 72% minimum), Organic cane sugar, sea salt

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that also processes milk, tree nuts, wheat, and peanuts."

*Dick Taylor's multi-talented founders (Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor) have impressive skills that include boat building and being musicians.

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