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Palato Chocolate - White Chocolate with Cacao Nibs (bar) - Mar. 16, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Palato Chocolate
White Chocolate with Cacao Nibs (bar)
Good + - Good ++ 
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) / 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

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

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

Founded in 2017 by Chef Monica Pedemonte, Palato Chocolate creates high-end cuisine, baked goods and bean-to-bar chocolate. The Honduran cacao used to make their chocolates comes from several regions, including some very remote locations.

The initial aroma notes (immediately after opening the sealed inner packaging) included: fruit (melon candy, red grape), very faint salad with white cheese (goat roquefort), and barely detectable cacao nibs. 

After being opened for 12 hours, the fermentation (cheese)* notes had all but disappeared; the ripe fruit notes had receded; and sweet, Boston brown bread and honey notes revealed themselves.

Flavor notes for this white chocolate with cocoa nibs bar echoed the (initial and subsequent) aroma notes described above, first with a bit of cheese salad, subtle sweet fruit (melon, pear, peach) and faint caramel; and occasional crunchy cacao nibs. The crunchy dark nibs and the savory notes helped balance out the sweetness of the white chocolate.

The finish was mellow, almost mild: soft and sweet (more like wine grapes than cheese salad).

*I thought if I re-tasted this chocolate later, the fermentation notes might dissipate. They did. These notes did fade, but some of the unique fruit fermentation fun may have also diminished a bit.

I appreciated the daring complexity of this chocolate. (Full disclosure: I love complex umami flavors.) It was difficult to know how to "rate" this chocolate. Not everyone will appreciate it's uniqueness. I recommend inhaling the aroma when you open this chocolate, but then let it sit open for a few hours before eating it.

Ingredients: Cacao nibs, sugar and cacao fat

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

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