Thursday, February 8, 2024

U. Chocolate Corp. - "Ginger Experience" 72% Organic Tree-to-Bar Dark (bar) - Jan. 7, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

U. Chocolate Corp.
"Ginger Experience" 72% Organic Tree-to-Bar (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.58 oz. (45 g.) / 15.8 oz. (450 g.) total variety pack of 5 flavors (10 bars)
Calories: 257 calories in 1 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 #9 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's "Ginger Experience" 72% Organic, Premium Tree-to-Bar, Dark Chocolate (bar) from U. Chocolate Corp. (Orlando, FL), and was made in Peru. It was also part of a larger chocolate variety pack (box), and one of five Peruvian cacao bars featured this week.

The cacao used to make U Chocolate bars was crafted at the company's "organic farm in the Amazonia with a selection of...fine aroma cocoa varieties..." This bar was "Grown, Harvested and Crafted with 100% plant-based ingredients by El Mejor Cacao del Mundo Hacienda Umbelina, in the Peruvian Amazonia.")

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate and spicy, authentic ginger, with very faint green floral (orchid); very faint, diffuse fruit (spiced pear); and faint, rich, dark chocolate gingerbread and/or dark chocolate ginger molasses cookies.

Texture: well-tempered (broke with a snap) and almost creamy smooth.

Flavor notes included: smooth but nuanced dark chocolate and (completely incorporated) ginger, with some faint, slightly green floral/botanical/ginger spice nuances. 

There was a very subtle, balanced, slight bitterness in this ginger + cacao blend that will appeal to some and not to others (those who aren't ginger fans perhaps). I enjoyed the full ginger experience.

What I liked about this attractively packaged 72% dark chocolate: 1.) high-quality blend of single origin dark chocolate and authentic ginger; 2.) part of a variety pack that let one appreciate the range of flavors from Peru and what different cacao varieties have to offer; and 3.) this flavorful (organic, gluten-free) chocolate was made with just three ingredients.

Ingredients: "Cacao and coconut blossom sugar and ginger."

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


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