Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Auro Chocolate - Saloy Single Estate 100% Dark Chocolate (Philippines) - May 2, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Auro Chocolate
Saloy Single Estate Philippines 100% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and the Philippines Theme Week.

Today's Saloy Single Estate 100% Dark Chocolate bar was produced by Auro Chocolate (Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines). 

The company produces tree-to-bar chocolate from cacao grown in the Philippines. Today's bar was made with cacao sourced from farmers in the forests of Davao ?

One way to support cacao farmers (and great chocolate) is to buy single origin/estate chocolate, like today's bar-- where direct sourcing has taken place, and farmers are typically paid above commodity market prices. 

Aroma notes for this Philippine origin dark chocolate included: diffuse but dark, dried fruit, faint green fruit (fleeting honeydew melon and kiwi), earth, herbs, deep, dense cacao, and very slightly sweet, "clean" mineral water.

This ultra-dark chocolate had a slow, even melt and firm, buttery texture (in a cool room).

The flavor unsweetened, buttery (muted, balanced) cacao flavor with a mellow depth--a slight but balanced, buttery slightly bitter-sour (buttered bread and stout) taste, followed by a lightly lingering finish.

Maker's tasting notes: "Located between tropical mountain forests, Saloy (estate) has fresh spring water flowing through the lush farms, giving its chocolate very dynamic notes of herbs, bergamot (and) cherries." 

Ingredients: Cacao mass

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


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