Thursday, April 27, 2023

Goodnow Farms Chocolate - Milk Chocolate Cafe Con Leche 63% (bar) - Apr. 27, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Goodnow Farms Chocolate
Milk Chocolate Cafe Con Leche 63% Cacao (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: .97 oz. (27.5 g.) / 1.94 oz. (55 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $16.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #13 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today's Milk Chocolate Cafe Con Leche 63% Cacao (bar) was crafted by Goodnow Farms Chocolate (Sudbury, MA). This bar was part of the company's "Maker's Choice" series created to highlight favorite flavor combinations.

For this Cafe Con Leche* dark milk chocolate, the maker(s) paired "directly sourced Boyaca (region) cacao (from Colombia) with Barrington Coffee's single origin Ketiara, grown by a women's cooperative in the Sumatra Highlands."

Very subtle aroma notes for this chocolate included: faint chocolate, as well as very faint lemon balm herb (green tea, oxalis) and dairy milk. 

Luxurious, creamy, milky texture and taste gave way to very creamy, dark chocolate (with milk-buffered dark, roasted earth notes) and mocha flavor, and finished with creamy coffee mocha (with buffered coffee acid and subtle red fruit notes).

The milk balanced sweetness (yet enabled a soft, undulating caramel note). It also melded and mellowed sharper/stronger chocolate and coffee notes, while still allowing for some complexity.

This dark milk chocolate honored the spirit of cafe con leche, and was not too sweet (thank you). The judicious use of sugar allowed more complex chocolate and coffee notes to shine through the rich whole milk (powder)--that had a starring, almost magical, role in this bar. 

Maker's tasting notes: "Imagine drinking a Cafe con Leche* in Central America!"

Ingredients: Single origin cacao beans, organic sugar, single origin cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder, single origin coffee.

Allergen-related information: "May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts."

*Cafe con leche (coffee with milk in English) is similar to a cafe latte or cappuccino. All three beverages are made with strong coffee (espresso) and milk. 

However, the milk in a cafe con leche is steamed (or scalded) rather than frothed. Also, it may contain slightly more (traditionally whole) cow's milk--50% milk and 50% coffee/espresso. Sugar is added to one's liking, and/or may be part of a thin "espuma" (foam) layer on top--made by whipping sugar and espresso.

Navitas - Cacao Latte Plant-based drink mix - Apr. 26, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Navitas Organics
Organic Cacao Latte - Plant-based drink mix
Good +
Weight: .42 oz. (12 g.) in 1 (single serving) packet
Calories: 50 calories in 1 packet
Cost: $ Missing information - $2.49 (estimate)
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today's Cacao Latte Plant-based Superfood Drink Mix (single-serving packet) was from Navitas Organics (Novato, CA).

Aroma notes included: warm, rich hot cocoa, faint warm spice, and very faint coconut marshmallow.

The texture was uniform and smooth (no lumps after stirring).

This warm beverage had a relatively mellow hot chocolate flavor, but wasn't nearly as sweet. (This will thrill some, but may disappoint those with a sweet tooth). It had a slightly bitter cocoa powder flavor edge to it, but otherwise was very satisfactory for a low calorie, plant-based hot cocoa beverage. 

I paired this beverage with two small chocolate and coffee sweets: a piece of organic coffee dark chocolate candy, and a small Chocolat Cafe-Tasse dark chocolate and coffee (Noir + Cafe) square. A perfect match.

Ingredients: Organic cacao powder, organic coconut oil powder, (organic acacia fiber, organic MCT* oil), organic coconut palm sugar, organic guar gum, natural flavor, sea salt, organic cinnamon, organic monk fruit extract.

Allergen-related information: Contains tree nuts (coconut).

*Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)--found in coconut, palm (and some other plant-based) oils--are believed to have certain health benefits.

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