Friday, February 9, 2024

U. Chocolate Corp. - "Wild Experience" 85% Organic Tree-to-Bar Dark (bar) - Feb. 9, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

U. Chocolate Corp.
"Wild Experience" 85% Organic Tree-to-Bar Dark (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 15.8 oz. (450 g.) total variety pack of 5 flavors (10 bars)
Calories: 165 calories in 2/3 bar
Cost: $29.99 for 1 variety pack of 10 bars (2 each of 5 flavors)
Purchased from: U Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's "Wild Experience" 85% Organic, Premium Tree-to-Bar, Dark Chocolate (bar) from U. Chocolate Corp. (Orlando, FL) was made in Peru. It was one of five different bars (all featured this week) in a larger chocolate variety pack.

The company crafted these attractively packaged bars at their " farm in the Amazonia with a selection of our fine aroma cocoa varieties..." The chocolate was "Grown, Harvested and Crafted with 100% plant-based ingredients by El Mejor Cacao del Mundo S.A.C. in our all-in-one facilities at Hacienda Umbelina, in the Peruvian Amazonia.")

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate (bold, bittersweet ultra-dark chocolate torte topped with a wafer cookie) with very faint green botanical (almost green fig or green banana, but not quite); and well-managed, very diffuse fruit (red berry, nectarine). 

Texture: well-tempered (broke with a snap) with a thick, creamy smooth texture.

Flavor notes included: well-managed ultra-dark chocolate with very faint botanical, faint diffuse fruit (nectarine, cacao fruit pulp), faint ultra-dark cookie; almost undetectable spice (ginger); faint, fleeting earth (loam) and yogurt. And, at the very end of the finish there was a tiny blip of muted fruit (strawberry-mango). 

This was an enjoyable and thoughtfully managed ride. For some, any 85% dark craft chocolate may be wildly adventurous. For dark chocolate lovers, I found this well-managed Peruvian cacao bar more complex and interesting than many 85% dark bars.

What I liked about this "Wild Experience" dark chocolate: 1.) well-balanced, ultra-dark (85%) cacao complexity, from start to finish; 2.) part of a variety pack with unique (and rare) Peruvian single region cacao flavors--five bars, that could be tasted and compared side by side); and 3.) organic, gluten-free, single origin chocolate made with just two, high-quality ingredients.

Ingredients: "Cacao and coconut blossom sugar."

Allergen-related information: "Made Without Major Food Allergen Ingredients" 


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