Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Ethereal Chocolate - Organic Philippines 70% Cacao (bar) - May 3, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Ethereal Confections
Organic Philippines 70% Cacao (bar)
Good+ - Good ++
Weight: 1.125 oz. (32 g.) / 2.25 oz. (64 g.) in total bar
Calories: 166.5 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Ethereal Confections, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and the Philippines Theme Week.

Today's Organic Philippines 70% Cacao craft chocolate bar was made from bean-to-bar by Ethereal Confections (Woodstock, IL).

Subtly complex aroma notes for this dark chocolate included: dark chocolate, dark/dried fruits, very faint tart sweet green herb (oxalis), and very faint spice (vanilla spice cookie).

This bar had a hearty, stone-ground texture with a smooth, buttery melt and had a slight astringency.

The chocolate flavor notes for this two-ingredient chocolate included: pleasant, chocolate-y, warm cocoa (drinking chocolate) and diffuse fruit (fleeting, attractive stone fruit (apricot)). 

The flavors were likable and balanced. It was sweet, without being overly so and was relatively low in bitterness. I enjoyed the subtle complexity (fruit) and warm chocolate-y taste. There were no off notes. The texture was a bit granular, but within the range of what stone-ground chocolates taste like.

Maker's tasting notes: Single origin dark chocolate with tasting notes of deep chocolate fudge and malt.

Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar. 

Allergen-related information: Made on shared equipment with peanuts and tree nuts.

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