Sunday, January 22, 2023

Fjak Sjokolade - Nordic Collection 50% Milk Blueberry (bar) - Jan. 22, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Fjak Sjokolade
Nordic Collection 50% Milk Blueberry (bar)
Good +
Weight: .935 oz. (26.5 g.) / 1.87 oz. (53 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories in 1/2 bar 
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate, Berries and Vanilla Theme Week. 

Today's Nordic Collection 50% Milk Blueberry (bar) was from Fjak Sjokolade (a bean-to-bar chocolate maker located in Hardangerfjord, Norway). 

This 100% Organic chocolate was made using cacao from Akessons Bejofo Estate (located in the Sambirano Valley, Madagascar).

Aroma notes for this bar included: chocolate (cocoa, soft oxalis (tart, almost lemony green herb; e.g., sour grass, wood sorrel), faint dark berry, and vanilla.

The texture was a uniform blend of smooth dark milk chocolate and a very slight graininess and faint fruit astringency (from the blueberries). 

Flavor notes included: dark milk chocolate, vanilla, and tart-sweet dark berry (Nordic blueberry*).

I enjoyed being able to taste both elements of the cacao and the blueberry; and this dark milk chocolate was not too sweet (thank you).

Maker's description: "Creamy milk chocolate with Nordic blueberry and a hint of vanilla"

Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic milk powder, organic cocoa butter, organic blueberries and organic vanilla.

Allergen-related information: "Processed in a facility that handles nuts, diary (dairy) and gluten"

*Nordic wild blueberries (Vaccinium martillus) are also known as bilberries. They are relatively small(er) in size, slightly darker in color, and have (in my experience) a slightly more intense, tart blueberry flavor.

They are also typically higher in antioxidants than most (larger, slightly sweeter) American (and cultivated) blueberries (e.g., Vaccinium corymbosum). There are many varieties of highbush and lowbush blueberries one can grow in the northern/northeast U.S.; most that we buy/taste in the U.S. are the larger, highbush variety.


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