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.
Friday, July 29, 2022
White Label Chocolate - Uganda Semuliki Forest 100% (bar) - July 29, 2022
Chocolate of the Day
White Label Uganda Semuliki Forest 100% (bar) Good + Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar Calories: 178 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar Cost: $ Missing information Purchased from: Mutari Chocolate, Santa Cruz, CA
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Uganda Theme Week.
Today's White Label Uganda Semuliki Forest 100% dark chocolate (bar) was made in Santa Cruz, CA.
This micro-batch bar was crafted using Forastero variety cacao grown on small farms in (Bundibugyo) Uganda.*
Aroma notes for this ultra-dark bar included: dark fruit (plum, purple/red grape) and true chocolate (deep, dark cocoa).
This 100% cacao chocolate had a creamy smooth melt and texture.
Overall this bar had densely dark, relatively bitter and intense chocolate flavor. 100% (unsweetened) Forastero variety cacao beans can feel a bit intimidating (a bit like walking through a thick forest at night, with no light or sugar plum fairies in sight), and this bar was not for those with a sweet tooth.
But, the taste also had some subtle complexity to it--most notably similar dark fruit notes (purple/red grape and dried plum) that were in the aroma, as well as a very faint, very fleeting (and not unpleasant) light savory greens note (cooked wood sorrel with salted butter).
Maker's tasting notes: "Goji berries, grape, deep cocoa"
Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans
Allergen-related information: (None listed on packaging that I could find.)
*The Forastero (Upper Amazon and Amelonado) cacao used to craft this chocolate was grown in Uganda by many farmers (smallholder farms of 1-3 acres), and harvested in the 2017/2018 season. The producer was Latitude Trade Co., a fermentation facility and organization that works directly with farmers. White Label is committed to transparent sharing of information and "beyond fair trade cacao."