Monday, September 19, 2022

Spinnaker Chocolate - 58% Madagascar Dark Milk (bar) - Sept. 19, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Spinnaker Chocolate
58% Madagascar Dark Milk (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 140 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Spinnaker Chocolate, online order 

"Tonga soa" (welcome) to Day #7 of Chocolate and Madagascar Theme Week.

Today's 58% Madagascar Dark Milk (bar) was made by Spinnaker Chocolate (Seattle, WA).

Aroma notes for this bar included: butterscotch fruit pie; light and bright, fruity caramel; and buttered cocoa.

This chocolate had a smooth, relatively slow, creamy melt (at room temperature), allowing a bevy of bright buttery, fruity chocolate flavors to unfold.

Flavor notes included rich cocoa with a generous pat of butter, followed by a subtle blooming of tart-sweet fruits (red berry (strawberry), red currant, jackfruit (pineapple,mango, and faint sweet banana), sweet citrus (sweet, ripe tangerine), and then a warm uptick with more sweet berries--ripe red to ripe to sweet ripe blackberries--that gradually leveled off and lingered into the finish). The fruit notes were muted a bit by the milk, but were still detectable.

As with yesterday's 70% Madagascar bar (also from Spinnaker Chocolate), there were enjoyable fruit flavors. And, a few minutes later (after swallowing a few bites), there were two fleeting, barely-there chocolate notes (subtle warm spice and faint, balanced earth). And was with its 70% sibling, later in the day, after the bar had been opened for several hours, the bright tart-sweet fruit elements mellowed a little.

This 58% Dark Milk Madagascar release was a lovely rich and flavorful chocolate, offering a blend of creamy, buttery dairy with bright and fruits, and no off notes. This 58%er (along with yesterday's fruity 70% pleasure trip) would be nice adds to a chocolate tasting flight. Both bars illustrate just how much inherent flavor can be expressed with just a few ingredients.

Maker's tasting notes: "...elegant, malted caramel flavor malted milk and caramel flavor"

Ingredients: Cacao, Organic cane sugar, dried milk, cocoa butter. 

Allergen-related information: "Contains milk. Store in a cool, dry place." "Processed in a facility that uses milk powder and nuts."

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