Bar: 65% Cacao
Maker: MashPi (MashPi, Ecuador)
Price: $3.90/40g (Tourist Office in Quito)
Overall Rating: 6/10
Munch Factor: 3/10
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Mass, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter
Appearance: Pre-broken blocked mold, and glossy brown color.
Smell: Smoky barbeque. Seriously.
The Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & great snap.
Taste: Cocoa, then almost unpleasantly strong smoky wood flavors become sweeter as the cocoa butter melts a bit more, softening the character. Moderate meaty finish.
Complaints & Complements: Attractive packaging only gets better when you open the bar to info printed on all three sections of the inside. It’s definitely unique, and apparently because they smoke their single-plantation beans to finish drying them, but at this percentage it needs something else to balance it out.