Saturday, October 8, 2022

Baiani Chocolates - Dark Chocolate with Tapioca and Coconut 65% (bar) - Oct. 8, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Baiani Chocolates
Dark Chocolate with Tapioca and Coconut 65% (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.02 oz. (29 g.) / 2.04 oz. (58 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week.

Today's Baiani Chocolates Dark Chocolate with Tapioca and Coconut 65% (bar) was produced by Kakawa Agro., Arataca, BA, Brazil.* 

Bahia-based Baiani Chocolates offers "tree to bar" chocolate bars, made using Brazilian cacao.* The company's history dates back to the Pinheiro and Aquino families "involved in cacao culture since the end of the 19th century."

Aroma notes for this family breakfast treat inspired bar included: dark chocolate (cocoa, drinking chocolate), earth and coconut. The smooth dark chocolate was peppered with tiny crispy tapioca bits.

Flavor notes included: earthy dark chocolate with faint coconut, and very faint, fleeting clean mineral toward the finish. (The tapioca did not have a detectable flavor, but added textural interest.) 

The relatively bold dark chocolate and judicious amounts of tapioca and coconut, kept this chocolate from being too sweet. (Thank you.) I tasted a few tiny morsels of authentic-tasting, unsweetened (or very lightly sweetened) coconut in the mix; however, the coconut was a subtle background flavor overall.

Ingredients: Single origin cacao beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter, tapioca and coconut.

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of tree nuts and milk."

*Produced in the State of Bahia in Eastern Brazil, at Vale Potumuju in Arataca, Brazil. "Our cacao is grown in an agroforestry system known as "Cabruca", protected by the canopy of native hardwood and fruit trees of the Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia state, one of the most biodiverse biomes on the planet."

The company is committed and passionate about their mission, describing their artisanal chocolate making process as extending... "From Cacao To Soul."

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