Chocolate of the Day
Dark Choco with Coconut and Mango (bar)
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $8.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Zotterusa.com
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Mango Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week.
This Zotter Dark Choco with Coconut and Mango bar ("Sweetened only by Fruit") was made in Austria and distributed by Zotter Chocolates US LLC (Cape Coral, FL).
This uniquely-shaped ("Squaring the Circle") bar was both circle and square (one shape melded in with the other) and was adorned with circles and squares in a grid pattern, with a hole in the middle.
The chocolate also had a unique, uniform thick, creamy smooth texture. More on that below.
The aroma and flavor notes for this bar were similar, and included: chocolate, various shades of nuanced and unsweetened coconut, faint coconut cookie, and subtle, green fruit (citrus, orange stone fruit).
In addition to the creative, geometric shape(s), I enjoyed two other unique aspects of today's chocolate: 1.) the texture, and 2.) the lack of cane (or other non-fruit) sugar.
The thick, creamy texture went beyond the usual cocoa buttery (or cocoa butter and coconut milk) smoothness and was enhanced with coconut powder (see ingredients list below). This coconut powder blend contributed texture with thick and creamy heft; and richly nuanced--subtle not sweet--coconut taste.
Many bars include (overly) sweetened coconut that can mask underlying flavors and textural possibilities. Thankfully this bar did not.
Coconut and mango (and the implied baked good sweetness of the added vanilla) added natural sweetness as well as flavor depth. Yes, added sugar can add brightness. But, I'll take nuanced, more "authentic" flavors any day.
Ingredients: Organic, fair trade cocoa mass; organic, fair trade toasted coconut (21%); organic dried mangos (10%); organic coconut powder 8% (organic coconut paste, organic coconut cream, organic coconut flour); organic vanilla bean powder, salt.
Allergen-related information: Contains coconut. "Manufactured on equipment that processes other tree nuts, peanuts, milk sesame and soy."