Thursday, May 25, 2023

Standout Chocolate - Saffron 70% (bar) - May 24, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Standout Chocolate
Saffron - 70% Chocolate (bar)
Good +
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150.75 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar (yellow dot)
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA  

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Dominican Republic Week.

Today's (Seasonal Collection*) Saffron 70% (bar) was handcrafted by Standout Chocolate (Kallered, Sweden).

Cacao origin: OKO Caribe, Dominican Republic 

Oko Caribe (Eco Caribbean)--acts as a co-op, central fermentery and organic certifier, and purchases (wet) cacao beans from more than 150 farmers in the Duarte Province. Fermented and dried cacao beans (from DR and other cocoa growing nations) are sold to chocolate makers around the globe. The cacao has been described as having red fruit and subtle wood notes. 

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate (very faint diffuse red fruit and wood) and faint earthy herbal (freshly cut grass) and floral (saffron, chysanthemum). 

The 70% dark chocolate base had a smooth, almost creamy texture, and a relatively bold dark flavor (that tasted a bit darker than 70%).

Flavor notes included: dark chocolate, herbal (freshly cut sweet green grass, earthy root (dandelion)), floral (saffron), and faint, fleeting slightly bitter earth. The chocolate tasted a bit on the darker, bolder side with a very faint bittersweet sharpness. The faint earth notes may have come from the cacao, the saffron, or both.

This relatively complex dark chocolate with earthy botanical and floral notes was interesting to try. The maker did a good job of navigating and trying to harmonize the raw flavors.

Ingredients: Cacao beans*, Cane sugar*, Cacao butter*, Saffron* (* Organic)

Allergen-related information: May contain traces of milk.

*St. Lucia saffron buns are a Christmas holiday tradition in Sweden.

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