Thursday, January 25, 2024

Puna Chocolate Company - Hamakua 70% Dark Chocolate, Single District (bar) - Jan. 24, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Puna Chocolate Company
Hamakua 70% Dark Chocolate, Single District (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.50 total bar + shipping
Purchased from: Puna Chocolate, online order

Aloha, and welcome to Day #24 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week(s).

Today's Hamakua Kona Regional 70% Kona Chocolate (bar) was crafted by the makers at Puna Chocolate Company (Kailua-Kona, HI).

Aroma notes included: balanced, complex, rich dark chocolate with brownie, faint fruit (diffuse tropical - sweet tangerine, pineapple, cacao fruit) and and very faint, fleeting vegetable (sweet potato).

The melt was uniform and smooth with a slightly creamy finish. There were no flavor inclusions in this two-ingredient, single region (Hamakua, Big Island, HI) dark chocolate bar to add texture(s).

Flavor notes included: rich dark chocolate (hearty dark chocolate ganache, brownie; faint, balanced, fleeting earth; medium, balanced acidity (diffuse fruit (sweet tangerine, pineapple, cacao fruit; fruit punch); and very faint vegetable (candied yam, sweet potato).

What I liked about this bar: 1.) balanced, hearty dark chocolate flavors including possible traces of tropical/cacao fruit*; and 2.) tasting dark chocolate from different cacao growing districts/regions on the Big Island of Hawaii from this maker. (Seeing online that a visit Puna Chocolate (store, tour) might be possible in the future.)

Ingredients: Hawaiian Cacao, Organic Sugar 

Allergen-related information: Prepared in a facility that handles milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat

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