Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Solstice Chocolate - 70% Dak Nong Dark Chocolate (bar) - Oct. 4, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Solstice Chocolate, Inc.
70% Dak Nong Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $14.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Solstice Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

Today's 70% Dak Nong Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Solstice Chocolate, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT). Solstice is a small batch, craft chocolate maker that offers a variety of single origin chocolate bars.

The cacao used to make this 70% dark chocolate was grown in Dak Nong province, located in the central highlands of southern Vietnam.

Aroma notes for this dark chocolate included: dark chocolate (fudge, dark ganache), dried fruit (prune, date), very faint green earth, and fleeting and faint sweet almond marzipan and mocha (very faint roasted coffee). 

This chocolate yielded a smooth, almost silky texture with a relatively rapid, melt.

The flavors were subtle and pleasing, starting with relatively uniform, slightly fruity dark chocolate (fudge brownie) notes that lingered lightly into the finish. There were also very faint, fleeting flickers of subtle green floral, and honey-drizzled fruit (pear, dragon fruit, and white wine grape raisin). 

Thank you to the farmers, fermentery, and of course Solstice chocolate maker(s), for the enjoyable tasting experience, especially the layered and delicate flavor and fruit nuances in this single origin (Vietnam) chocolate. 

Maker's tasting notes: "Prunes, Raisins, Marzipan"

Ingredients: Cacao Bean, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter

Allergen-related information: "Produced in a tree nut, peanut, gluten, dairy and soybean free facility." 

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