Sunday, February 11, 2024

Castronovo Chocolate - Awajun Women, Peru 70% Rainforest Cacao (bar) - Feb. 10, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Castronovo Chocolate
Awajun Women, Peru 70% Rainforest Cacao (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31 g.) / 2.2 oz. (62 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $14.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Castronovo Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Awajun Women, Peru 70% Rainforest Cacao (Batch #1351) (bar) was from Castronovo Chocolate (Stuart, FL). 

Castronovo Chocolate maker Denise Castronovo sourced Peruvian cacao beans to make this bar from a cacao cooperative of indigenous women from the Awajun and Huambisa communities in the Amazon rainforest.

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate (warm cocoa, drinking chocolate)

This 70% bar broke with a well-tempered snap, and had a uniform, smooth, almost creamy, pleasing texture.

Flavor notes included: smooth dark chocolate, with very faint floral/perfume/cardboard and barely detectable fruit (dried fruit (very subtle date), caramelized fruit) and nut (almond) notes. Pleasant, sweet finish with very light caramel.

Maker's tasting notes: "...laced with natural sweet flavors of almond, vanilla and caramel." 

Ingredients: cocoa beans*, cane sugar*, cocoa butter* (*organic ingredients)

Allergen-related information: Made in a nut-free facility that uses milk and wheat.

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