Chocolate of the Day
70% Tanzania (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 120 calories (per package info) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Spinnaker Chocolate, online order
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.
Today's 70% Tanzania (bar) was created by Spinnaker Chocolate, a small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Seattle, WA. The company offers a variety of single origin chocolate bars, inclusion bars, and other chocolate treats (including drinking chocolate, gianduja spread and cocoa nibs).
Aroma notes for today's Tanzania bar included: light fermentation, fruit (white wine grape/raisin, tart sweet mango, diffuse red berry, dried apricot), very faint, fleeting shortbread cookie, warm spice, fig and clean mineral), and chocolate (ganache/cocoa).
The chocolate had an even texture and melt with a very slight, tart fruit astringency.
The flavor coaxed out of just two ingredients (cocoa beans and sugar) was impressive and fruit-forward--with mango notes taking the lead after a few bites.* This naturally, bright and sweet chocolate might be good paired with cheese, or as part of a dessert plate.
Ingredients: Cacao, organic cane sugar
Allergen-related information: "Processed in a facility that uses milk powder and nuts."
*It made me wonder if these Tanzanian cacao beans had been co-fermented with mango or tropical fruit(s).