Monday, September 25, 2023

Auro Chocolate - Salted Peanut 47% Milk Chocolate with Salted Peanut (bar) - Sept. 25, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Auro Chocolate
Salted Peanut 47% Milk Chocolate with Salted Peanut (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 338 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $7.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and The Philippines Theme Week.

Today's plant-based, Salted Peanut 47% Milk* Chocolate with Salted Peanut (bar) was produced by Auro Chocolate (Calamba City, Laguna, Philiippines).

Aroma notes included: rich dark chocolate, and nuts (peanuts).

The texture was a blend of smooth dark chocolate and softly crunchy bits of peanut.

The flavor notes were richer than expected for a chocolate and peanut blend. The 47% cacao chocolate tasted darker (closer to a 65%+ dark chocolate), and the peanuts tasted very authentic with a light roasted note. One of the reason for the clear flavors was that the "milk" in this Milk Chocolate bar was supplied by oat powder and not dairy milk. Any "milks" can blunt/soften cacao flavors; but that doesn't appear to have occurred here.

Bold and balanced dark chocolate with a judicious touch of salt made this an appealing chocolate.

Ingredients: Cane sugar, cacao mass, natural cacao butter, oat powder, roasted peanut, sea salt.

Allergen-related information: "Contains oats and peanuts. This product is manufactured in a facility that processes other products which may contain milk, tree nuts, and soy." (Halal.)

*The "milk" in this milk chocolate refers to the inclusion of oat powder. There were no dairy ingredients listed.

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