Chocolate of the Day
Rio Cassipore 70% (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 221 calories in 1 small bar (1/2 package)
Cost: $11.00 for 1 package of 2 small bars
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week. Happily, this extended week includes bars made with cacao grown in Brazil, and at least three bars made entirely in Brazil.
Today's Luisa Abram Rio Cassipore (Cassipore River) 70% (bar) was made by the Abram family (Familia Abram Banks Ltda., Sao Paolo, Brazil).
The initial (just-opened) aroma of this wild cacao bar held the promise of a relatively bold dark chocolate with hearty (faintly peaty), subtle green and dark chocolate (freshly ground cacao nibs) notes.
After about 20 minutes, the aroma mellowed so that the dark chocolate notes moved in the direction of baked brownies; and the green and woodsy peat notes quieted as well.
Texture: The melt seemed relatively rapid--transforming to a lush, creamy texture. And there was a faint astringency at the end.
The flavor, once it settled down, was tamer (a bit blander) than the initial (just-opened) aroma. The bitterness level was quite low. After about 20-30 seconds there was a brief, fun chocolate echo/uptick in the finish.
Ingredients: "Wild cocoa mass, organic cane sugar and Amazonian cocoa butter."
Allergen-related information: Gluten free. "Made in a facility that handles milk and nuts."