Chocolate of the Day
Brown Butter Rum Bar
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.29 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $14.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Jamaica Theme Week.
Today's Brown Butter Rum Bar was from SOMA chocolatemaker (Toronto, ON, Canada).
The cacao used to make this bar came from Desmond Judasingh at Bachelor's Hall Estate (farm), located in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica. The "Dark Waters" rum was a single barrel release by Kinsip (a small distillery in Ontario, Canada).
Aroma and flavor notes for this bar included fleeting floral, butterscotch, butter cream, butter rum, very mild nut (cashew, pili*), and honey-vanilla butterscotch brownie (or butterscotch milk chocolate fudge) notes.
The texture of this sweet milk chocolate was light and very creamy, with an easy, velvety, buttery melt. A friendly, flavorful bar to satisfy a sweet tooth. (Organic cane sugar was the number one ingredient.)
I'd love to try a slightly less sweet version of this chocolate that allows some of the high-quality flavors to shine through a bit more. But, I am a dark chocolate fan; so this fantasy is to be expected.
Speaking of being creative, the range of SOMA high-quality chocolate flavors and formats over time continues to be impressive; and the company's choice of artwork (pressed into the chocolate bars and on the outside packaging) is always inspired.
I spent time in the San Francisco Bay marshlands today; and the bedazzled mallard duck (painting/illustration) on today's chocolate bar package was a perfect match for this local duck and shorebird-rich outdoor setting.
Maker's tasting notes: "cashews, butterscotch, honey, oak, fudge"
Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, cacao nibs, skim milk powder, cocoa butter, rum, soy lecithin, natural vanilla, sea salt, butter.
Allergen-related information: "May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts. Contains dairy and Alcohol. Store in a cool, dry place."
*Pili nuts are popular in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia and South Pacific island nations (e.g. Papua New Guinea). The ivory colored nuts have a very mild, buttery flavor.