Thursday, January 18, 2024

Puna Chocolate Company - Seasonal Peppermint Paradise Dark (bar) - Jan. 18, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Puna Chocolate Company
(Seasonal) Peppermint Paradise 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.95 for 1 bar + shipping
Purchased from Puna Chocolate, online order

Aloha, and welcome to Day #18 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week(s). 

Today's Seasonal Peppermint Paradise Dark Chocolate (bar) was from Puna Chocolate Company (Kailua-Kona, HI), a family-owned, tree-to-bar company on the Big Island.

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate (dark chocolate-y brownie) and balanced, authentic peppermint (oil).

Smooth texture and melt interlaced with small flecks of crushed peppermint candy cane(s) on one side.

Flavor notes included: rich dark chocolate (rich fudge brownie, very faint, balanced earth) and peppermint.

What I liked about this bar: 1.) single origin Hawaii cacao and chocolate story; 2.) choice of a rich, dark 70% chocolate for this bar that was smoother (less acidic) than expected, and had dark brownie-like flavor; 3.) peppermint that added authentic tasting sweet mint uplift, but didn't overwhelm the chocolate; and 4.) illustration of the nene (Hawaiian goose) on the outer packaging.

Ingredients: Hawaiian cacao beans, organic cane sugar, peppermint

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

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