Sunday, December 17, 2023

Monsoon Chocolate - Esmeraldas Ecuador 75% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Dec. 16, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Moonsoon Chocolate
Esmeraldas Ecuador 75% Dark Chocolate (bar) 
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.465 oz. (41.5 g.) / 2.93 oz. (83 g.) in total bar 
Calories: 227 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

Today's Esmeraldas Ecuador 75% Cocoa Dark Chocolate (Batch No. 17) (bar) was distributed by Monsoon Chocolate, LLC (Tucson, AZ).

Aroma notes for this bar included: dark chocolate, faint fruit (green fig, green apple), and spice (light saffron, floral).

Texture: This bar broke with a hard snap in a cool room, and had a smooth, uniform texture.

Flavor notes included: dark chocolate (brownie), faint, diffuse dried fruit, and very faint brown sugar. In the finish: chocolate with very faint, fleeting rice, light wood (oak), (cereal grass) stalks, light citrus (orange + floral/vanilla). 

This chocolate was relatively low in bitterness and acidity, and had a gentle complexity. I recommend eating this bar slowly to catch some of the faint, almost ghost-like flavors (all friendly, nothing scary) that may turn up.

Naturally sweet. Great choice to go with a slightly higher cacao percentage (75% vs. 70%). It seems 70% might have been a bit too sweet.

Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Unrefined Cane Sugar*, Cocoa Butter* (* Certified Organic)

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that handles tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs and peanuts. May not be suitable for people with allergens to these foods." 

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