Chocolate of the Day
Mababu Tanzania 75% cocoa (bar)
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 163.1 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $13.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Zombierunner (coffee), Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.
Today's Mababu Tanzania 75% cocoa (bar) was from Rozsavolgyi Csokolade (Budapest, Hungary).
The name Mababu refers to "...a tiny village on the slopes of the Livingstone mountain with lush vegetation by the Malawi lake in Tanzania. The Trinitario variety cocoa/cacao used to make today's chocolate was purchased from "a group of only 60 families pioneering quality organic cocoa farming."*
Aroma notes for this bar were relatively subtle and included: faint tart (lemony) green notes, fruit (light mango/tropical fruit and diffuse berry), a faint fleeting earth. This bar attractively patterned bar had smooth creamy texture.
Flavor notes mirrored aroma notes but with richer chocolate and slightly tart fruit (red berry) notes that lingered lightly into the finish. Possibly due to the inherently naturally "sweet" and relatively subtle taste in this Tanzanian cacao, the maker's choice to go slightly darker (75% vs. 70% cacao) produced good results. Less sugar, more taste.
*Maker's tasting notes: "...The fresh air from the lake, banana, rice and aromas of rum can be felt in this chocolate..."
Ingredients: Cocoa beans, Organic cane sugar, Organic cocoa butter (cacao content: 75%).
Allergen-related information: "Produced in a factory that also handles nuts, oat and milk powder."