Monday, April 3, 2023

Letterpress - Ashanti Ghana Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 3, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Letterpress Chocolate LLC
Ashanti Ghana Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Ghana Theme Week, and Day #3 of Chocolate and Sea Salt Theme Week. 

Today's Ashanti Ghana Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Letterpress Chocolate LLC, a small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Los Angeles, CA.

Ashanti, a cocoa growing region in Ghana, has experienced slave labor and low prices for farmers. To help ensure higher payments to these farmers, Letterpress worked with The Ghana Cocoa Board (and paid above commodity prices) when they obtained the cocoa used to make today's chocolate.

Aroma notes included: chocolate (brownie, dark chocolate sauce/ganache) and very faint citrus (lemon herb, oxalis).

This well-tempered bar had a smooth, almost velvety, chocolate-y texture and melt.

The flavor was satisfying chocolate brownie flavor with a very light touch of sea salt. The brownie-forward flavor was not terribly complex; however, the chocolate flavor was rich, lovable, well-balanced, well-executed, and with no off-notes.

The sweetness level was average for a 70% cocoa chocolate (fairly sweet for ultra-dark fans, but not overwhelmingly so). This was a slightly addictive, salted brownie treasure.

Maker's tasting notes: salted brownie, graham cracker

Ingredients: Cacao beans, certified organic unrefined cane sugar, certified organic cocoa butter, sea salt

Allergen-related information: Processed in a facility that also processes nuts and dairy.

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