Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Palato Chocolate - 65% Cacao Dark Chocolate (Honduras) (bar) - Mar. 14, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Palato Chocolate
65% Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 130 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Honduras Theme Week. Happily, I found enough chocolates from Honduras (or made with cacao from Honduras) for a complete week.

The history of cacao cultivation in Central America is long. Archeological evidence points to humans enjoying cacao 1,000s of years ago (2,000 BCE) in Honduras. However, it has been challenging to find bars made with Honduran cacao in the U.S.  

Today's Palato Hand Crafted Chocolate 65% Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) was manufactured and distributed by Palato S. de R.L. (Tegucigalpa, M.DC., Honduras).

Palato Chocolate is a high-end cuisine/baked goods (and subsequently bean-to-bar chocolate) brand established by (Chef) Monica Pedemonte in 2007. The Honduran cacao used to make their chocolates comes from several regions, including remote locations such as Wampusurpi, Gracias a Dios.

Aroma notes included: hearty, nuanced and fruity dark chocolate with faint fruit (soft, sweet white wine grape), green floral, earthy (slightly savory, clay) brownie.

This dark chocolate had skillfully balanced, true cacao (dark chocolate torte) flavor with a very faint dried golden fruit (dried pear, white grape, very faint, fleeting pomegranate) note. It had a balanced fruit (and very faint roasted coffee) acidity and was not too sweet. 

The finish was also chocolate-y with very faint fruit (sweet white grape) and fleeting sweet warm spice (cinnamon) notes. These was a faint, fleeting fruit astringency (very slight dryness, graininess), but only in one bite; otherwise both texture and taste were quite smooth.

Ingredients: Cacao nibs, sugar and cacao fat

Allergen-related information: Produced in a facility that processes tree nuts. 

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