Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Fu Wan Chocolate - Taiwan #1 Ping Tung Chocolate 85% (bar) - Jan. 25, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Fu Wan Chocolate
Taiwan #1 Ping Tung Chocolate 85% (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .795 oz. (22.5 g.) / 1.59 oz. (45 g.) in total bar
Calories: 130 calories in 1/2 bar 
Cost: $13.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to the first day of Chocolate and Tea Week.

Today's Taiwan #1 Ping Tung 85% (bar) was from Fu Wan Chocolate (located in Ping Tung (aka Pingtung) County, in southern Taiwan, R.O.C.).

The company makes a variety of bean-to-bar chocolates featuring local ingredients. These include tree-to-bar chocolates made using local cacao from southern Taiwan. Other chocolates have infused tea or spice flavor inclusions.

Aroma notes in today's single origin (tree-to-bar) chocolate included: chocolate (cocoa, lightly roasted coffee), faint brown sugar/molasses, fruit (goji berry, faint raisin), and green (very light algae) notes. 

This relatively thick 85% bar had smooth, uniform texture and a very light, faint (fruit) astringency. Each bite yielded rich, deep cacao flavor, and notes that mirrored aroma notes mentioned above. There was also a faint, fleeting spice note (star anise). 

This ultra dark bar had interesting, balanced complexity; and a relatively low(er) sugar percentage content enabled more direct, clear access to the natural range of cacao flavors. It was full of subtle aroma and flavor and low in bitterness.

I paired today's chocolate with a small cup of warm "Iron Goddess"* tea, a relatively straight-forward tea blend that was low in bitterness, and had pleasant green tea floral, and very faint grassy and clean mineral notes.

Ingredients: Cacao bean, sugar, cacao butter

Allergen-related information: (No information found on label.)

*Iron Goddess Oolong tea is frequently associated with Fujian province in southeastern China--that borders the China Sea coast (across from Taiwan), where this tea is also grown. Iron Goddess tea is a tea that has typically been oxidized. (Although the degree of oxidation may range from 50 to 25 percent, depending on where it is made.)

Endangered Species - Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar) - Jan. 24, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Endangered Species Chocolate
Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $4.19 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to the last day (Day #12) of Chocolate, Berries and Vanilla Theme Week. 

Today's Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar) was from Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC (Indianapolis, IN). 

The company produces a wide variety of dark and milk chocolate bars with flavor inclusions; and more recently, oat milk chocolate bars as well. (Endangered Species Chocolate also donates 10 percent of net profits to save wildlife.)

Aroma notes for this bar included: dark chocolate, fruit (diffuse dark berries), light vanilla cookie, and oat cracker.

The ebony-toned 75% dark chocolate had smooth, deep dark flavor. (It was neither too bitter nor was it too sweet (thank you). 

The berry flavors: "darker" blueberry and occasional upticks of brighter raspberry were complementary and well-balanced with the dark chocolate and very subtle oat flavors. And vanilla added a faint, floral spice, baked cookie-like warmth.

I liked this bar better than other oat milk chocolates I've tried. The faint oat flavor was closer to a toasted whole grain cracker. Some other oat milk chocolates can have (worst case) a slightly mealy, or pulpy cardboard texture/flavor. The higher percent (75%) dark chocolate (and amounts of other fats) that were used as well as the type/treatment of the oats, and conching/grinding times could also have been factors. 

Ingredients: Chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole grain oats, soy lecithin, vanilla), infused dried blueberries (cane sugar, blueberries, sunflower oil), dried raspberries, coconut oil.

Allergen-related information: Contains soy. Produced on equipment that also processes products containing milk, peanuts and tree nuts.
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