Sunday, October 2, 2022

White Label Chocolate - Vietnam Ben Tre 72% (bar) - Oct. 2, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

White Label Chocolate
Vietnam Ben Tre 72% (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 178 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $ Missing information; part of a large, multi-bar purchase
Purchased from: Mutari Chocolate (Santa Cruz, CA) 

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

Today's Vietnam Ben Tre 72% (bar) was from White Label Chocolate (Santa Cruz, CA*).

Ben Tre Province is located in the Mekong River delta area of southern Vietnam, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

Aroma notes for this chocolate included: faint warm spice and molasses, cocoa and dried fruits (date, raisin, prune).

The well-tempered chocolate had a smooth texture and even melt.

Flavor notes were relatively complex and interesting and included: green, molasses, spice (star anise), and dark chocolate (ganache) -- flavors that mellowed and became more integrated in the finish.

Maker's tasting notes: "Brown spice, raisin, molasses"

Ingredients: Cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: (None listed on packaging.)

*Note: Mutari Chocolate, the cozy, single story retail store on Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz that served drinking chocolates, confections, and chocolate bars, closed shortly after this Vietnam bar was purchased (Feb. 2022), due to a large multi-story building project in that location. The company is planning to re-open at another location.

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