Sunday, August 27, 2023

Taitau - 72% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Aug. 26, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Taitau (Tai Tau)
72% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 300 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.39 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Crossroads Specialty Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Lithuania Theme Week.

Today's 72% Dark Chocolate (bar) from the Taitau (Tai Tau) Exclusive Selection line (Lietuva, Lithuania) was imported into the U.S. by B&I Overseas Trading Inc. (Van Nuys, CA).

The company offers a variety of chocolate confections and bars--made with single origin (or blends of identified) single origin cacaos, e.g. "Ghana, Arriba, and/or Granada." This bar was made using "premium quality Ghana and Granada cocoa beans."

Aroma notes for this bar included: dark chocolate, vanilla, faint aromatic tobacco, roasted coffee, balanced earth, and subtle caramel.

The texture was uniformly fudge-y, smooth and rich.

Flavor notes were similar to the aroma notes, and included: bold, balanced, deep, dark cacao (Forastero cacao from Ghana), dark chocolate and vanillin, very faint, smooth aromatic tobacco, caramel, and very faint, fleeting stone fruit (peach jam -- perhaps a flicker of Trinitario variety cacao from Grenada).

Ingredients: "Cocoa mass (made from premium quality Ghanian and Grenada cocoa beans), sugar, emulsifier - rape (canola) lecithin, flavoring vanillin."

Allergen-related information: "This product may contain traces of peanuts, hazelnuts, gluten and milk."

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