Saturday, July 23, 2022

Lumineux - Uganda 68% Dark Chocolate (bar) - July 23, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Lumineux Chocolate
Uganda 68% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 120 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar ($40.00 for 5 different bars)
Purchased from: Good Food Awards Marketplace/store, online order 

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Uganda Theme Week.

Today's Uganda 68% Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Lumineux Chocolate (Greenville, SC). Ben and Becca Snyder founded their small-batch chocolate company to produce high-quality chocolate, and to showcase flavors in African cacao. 

Aroma and flavor notes for this Uganda bar included: dark chocolate with dark, rich stone fruit (plum, light prune), faint whiskey, very faint botanical (light green, maple, warm spice, clean mineral) and very faint graham cracker/cookie notes. 

Tasting the chocolate also yielded a richer, authentic chocolate (brownie batter) flavor.

This 68% cacao chocolate was relatively sweet (given I was tasting other 100% and 85% Ghana bars in the last few days). But the complex and balanced flavors shone through and helped balance the sweetness; and the chocolate was relatively low in acidity and bitterness. The finish was clean with lingering traces of fruit, brownie and whiskey toward the end.

So, I'd say, mission accomplished with this Ghana bar--as far as highlighting more complex and more gently nuanced fine flavors--words that in decades past weren't applied to the very bold, intense cacao often associated with African countries. The bold flavors were tamed and blended and lots of sugar was added; and farmers in Africa (and elsewhere) were not always  paid to grow and develop fine flavored cacao.

Maker's tasting notes: "Plum, Bourbon"

Ingredients: Cocoa nibs, cane sugar, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: (No information listed that I could find.)

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