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Puna Chocolate Company - Kona Coffee and Puna Nibs 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Jan. 25, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Puna Chocolate Company
Kona Coffee and Puna Nibs 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 1.23 oz. (35 g.) in total bar
Calories: 137 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $5.95 total bar + shipping
Purchased from: Puna Chocolate, online order

Aloha! Welcome to Day #25 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week(s), and Day #1 of Chocolate and Cocoa Nibs Theme Week.

Today's Kona Coffee and Puna Nibs 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) was made by Puna Chocolate Company (Kailua-Kona, Big Island, HI). The company incorporates Hawaii-grown coffee and cacao into their bars and beverages. 

Aroma notes included: rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee. 

Texture: smooth chocolate and crunchy nibs texture. 

Flavor notes included: rich, hearty dark chocolate and cocoa nibs with medium (tropical fruit) acidity; and smooth Kona coffee; roasted almost nutty flavors (from nibs, and possibly coffee). 

Cacao and coffee make for a bold, often delicious partnership. 

Often the coffee is more acidic and overwhelms what are more muted cacao flavor notes. Today's chosen blend of relatively balanced bold and complex chocolate (with medium fruit acidity) and relatively smooth Kona coffee, was enjoyable, and teetered on the reverse effect, i.e. the bolder/more acidic cacao interacted with/seemed to dominate the smoother coffee.

What I liked about this bar: 1.) the thoughtful blend of Hawaii chocolate (and 100% Puna nibs) and Kona coffee; 2.) interesting, complex flavors present (that come with fresh, local and/or less processed ingredients; and 3.) the active balance achieved between two very flavor-full ingredients.

Ingredients: Hawaiian Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Hawaiian Cacao Nibs, Kona Coffee

Allergen-related information:  Manufactured in a facility that also processes milk, peanuts, tree nuts

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