Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Konungsberg - Dark Chocolate 72% (bar) - Dec. 14, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Chocolate 72% (bar)
(Yule Lads of Iceland)
Good ++
Weight: 1.17 oz. (33.3 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 289.5 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: 790 ISK for 1 bar (approx. 145 ISK = $1 USD)
Purchased from: IceWear Iceland shop, Reykjavic, Iceland

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

Today's Konungsberg Dark Chocolate 72% (bar) celebrated the Yule Lads of Iceland.* This gluten-free, Iceland (Icemart) souvenir dark chocolate was made for/by Creaciones Jumi, S.L. (Girona, Spain); and it was adorned with festive illustrations of the Yule Lads* and the Christmas cat--characters frequently seen in December in Iceland. 

This bar had a relatively thick, creamy texture with a faint astringency toward the finish.

Flavor notes included: dark chocolate pudding, slightly smokey vanilla, and balanced light bitter and earth notes.

The balanced dark chocolate aroma and flavor was reminiscent of a roasted, African Forastero variety of cacao with bold, but smooth, dark flavor. A touch of vanilla added warmth.

Ingredients: Cocoa paste, sugar, cocoa butter, defatted cocoa powder, emulsifier: lecithins (soy), flavour (vanillin). Cocoa 72% minimum. Cocoa origin: Non-EU.

Allergen-related information: "Traces of nuts and milk."

*The Yule Lads are an interesting group of characters, a bit like elves or trolls, and somewhat mischievous in nature. They are the face(s) of Christmas, rather than our Father Christmas/Santa Claus in the U.S. It was lovely to find and take home this chocolate as a Christmas souvenir.

According to their Wikipedia entry: "The Yule Lads are the sons of Grýla and Leppalúði. They are a group of 13 mischievous pranksters who steal from or harass the population and all have descriptive names that convey their favorite way of harassing. They come to town (down from the mountains) one by one during the last 13 nights before Yule."

Note: This post was delayed due to travel in Iceland and elsewhere.

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