Saturday, May 14, 2022

NibMor - Organic Dark Chocolate Extreme with cacao nibs - May 12, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Organic Dark Chocolate Extreme with cacao nibs
Good +
Weight: .918 oz. (26 g.) / 3.55 oz. (101 g.) in total package
Calories: 130 calories in 1 serving (3 pieces)
Cost: $4.99 (sale) for 1 package
Purchased from: Piazza's, Palo Alto, CA 

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate, Nuts and Nibs Theme Week.

Today's Organic Dark Chocolate Extreme (80% cacao) with cacao nibs snack size pieces were manufactured for Nib Mor, Inc. (Kennebunk, ME).

These certified gluten free, organic, "snack size" (small rectangular bar-shaped) pieces were made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cacao.

These 80% cacao chocolates (tiny, rectangular "bars") had a dark chocolate aroma and flavor (dark chocolate cake, mousse), with a very, very faint mint note. Smooth texture was accented with crunchy cacao nibs (bits of cacao beans). 

Note: These smaller pieces were similar to a large NibMor 80% cacao bar, but these did not contain sea salt.

Ingredients: *Organic chocolate liquor, *organic cane sugar, *organic cacao butter, organic cacao nibs, organic soy lecithin (an emulsifier), organic vanilla.

*Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa, "helping to protect the environment and farm families."

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk (and) soy."

Oodaalolly - Roasted Cacao Nibs (Philippines) - May 13, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Oodaalolly Chocolate
Roasted Cacao Nibs - Philippines
Good + - Good ++
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 8.81 oz. (250 g.) in total package
Calories: 90 calories in 1.5 TB (1/2 serving)
Cost: $14.00 (sale) for 1 package 
Purchased from: Oodaalolly, LLC, online order

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate, Nuts and Nibs Theme Week, featuring items with chocolate and nuts, cacao nibs and/or combinations of these elements.

Today's Oodaalolly Roasted Cacao Nibs were a product of the Philippines, but roasted and packaged by Oodaalolly, LLC (El Cerrito, CA) for sale in the U.S. 

Oodaalolly founder and chocolate maker, Hernan Lauber, also offers a line of chocolates (bars) that feature cacao from the Philippines (and sometimes flavor inclusions from this island nation as well). We paired these nibs with a small bowl of pili nuts, but they also would have worked in oatmeal, ice cream, infused in whiskey, tea or coffee, or in a spice blend/rub.

Today's single origin nibs (pieces of Trinitario* variety of cacao beans) were from Davao (in the southern Philippines).

Aroma and flavor notes for these nibs included: cacao, slightly green (seed, nut), faint earth, roasted nut, roasted coffee, toast, and chocolate cookie notes. (There may have been a very faint, slightly acidic, diffuse fruit in this taste bouquet.)

The nibs had uniform, balanced, roasted cacao flavor(s), while retaining the fairly complex essence of the cacao bean(s). They were well-suited to both sweet and savory applications.

Ingredients: Cacao nibs (Theobroma cacao)

Allergen-related information: "Non-GMO, gluten free, vegan"

*Trinitario variety cacao often has some of the true chocolate-y flavors often associated with bolder (forastero) varieties, but is less subtle than some milder heritage (criollo) varieties. 

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