Monday, January 22, 2024

Puna Chocolate Company - Honey Wine Berry 70% Dark Chocolate Bar - Jan. 21, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Puna Chocolate Company
Honey Wine Berry 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) 
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $5.95 for 1 bar + shipping
Purchased from Puna Chocolate, online order

Aloha, and welcome to Day #21 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week(s). 

Today's Honey Wine Berry 70% Dark Chocolate Bar was created by Puna Chocolate Company (Kailua-Kona, HI). The company uses Hawaiian chocolate and coffee to craft their bars and beverages.

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate; and sweet berry jam (red raspberry, strawberry and light goji berry).

Texture: well-tempered dark chocolate broke with a snap; red raspberry pieces (including tiny crunchy seeds) added texture as well as bright fruit flavor. There was a slight fruit/wine astringency in the finish.

Flavor notes included: relatively bold, but smooth, dark chocolate; fruity (red wine grape); tart sweet red raspberry fruit jam; and brief flickers of red grape juice and red floral (hibiscus tea with honey). I did not detect any residual alcohol from the wine. 

What I liked about this bar: the blend of satisfying, authentic and harmonious Hawaiian chocolate, fruit and wine flavors; bold but balanced, tart sweet berry and dark earthy fudge brownie flavors.

Maker's Tasting Notes/Description: "...berries are soaked and marinated in the legendary Volcano Winery's fine wine and then dried and pressed into rich Puna-grown Chocolate..." (Hawaii Wine and Chocolate.)..."Together at last!"

Ingredients: Hawaiian Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Raspberries, Honey, "Red Wine. Wine Alcohol and Sulfates...Removed by Evaporation."

Allergen-related information:  Manufactured in a Facility That Also Processes Milk, Peanuts, Tree Nuts

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