Tuesday, June 21, 2022

One One Cacao - St. Mary 71% Dark Chocolate bar - June 21, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

One One Cacao 
Saint Mary 71% dark chocolate (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: .35 oz. (10 g.) (estimate) in 1 sample bar
Calories: 54 calories (estimate) in 1 sample bar
Cost: One bar in a $53 six sample bar kit + tasting experience 
Purchased from: Happy Chocolate Experiences, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's St. Mary 71% (sample bar) from One One Cacao (Kingston Parish, Jamaica) was the third of six sample bars from One One Cacao.* 

Saint Mary is a small parish in northeast Jamaica, west of the Blue Mountains National Park. Agricultural products from this region include bananas, sugar cane, citrus, cacao, coconuts, coffee and pimento/peppers.

Tasting these One One Cacao Jamaican chocolates was made possible by Sunita de Tourreil** at Happy Chocolate Experiences. (Tasting kits were sent out in advance to participants before a video interview and tasting with the maker.)

The (online/remote) interview + tasting experience with Nick Davis and Marta at One One Cacao yielded some great information on how the company was built, and how the chocolate is made. 

The aroma notes for today's dark tasting square was a pleasing, gentle blend of stone fruit (plum, cherry), subtle bread/biscuit, light cocoa, very light butterscotch brownie/caramel, and a barely there whiff of tart green herb (oxalis). 

The flavor bouquet notes for this smooth, sample square bar included: a very balanced, mild diffuse yellow stone fruit tartness (light peach, nectarine); oxalis (wood sorrel); cocoa (light chocolate and butterscotch brownie); and subtle honey graham cracker/cookie.

The level of sweetness was satisfying, and did not obscure the more delicate cacao flavor notes--that reminded me of a blend of the relatively mild but lush (heritage) criollo and the slight fruit tartness and flavor of trinitario cacao varieties.

Ingredients: (Not listed on small sample bar packet)

Allergen-related information: (Not listed on small sample bar packet)

* The company name was inspired by an old Jamaican proverb: "One one cocoa, full basket" that conveys the notion that little by little, cocoa pods and beans fill baskets, baskets are filled, and goals are met.

**Sunita previously founded The Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, CA. Happy Chocolate Experiences provides windows into happy cacao--places, makers and destinations--and of course wonderful chocolate.


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