Bar: Madagascar (100%)
Maker: Åkesson (London, England)
Price: $11.50/60 (Andiamo Chocolate & Coffee)
Munch Factor: 3/10
Ingredients: Cocoa beans, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (0.1%)
Appearance: Åkesson’s vibrant red and unique square packaging always stand out on a shelf. He shares only the most relevant information, and shows off his recent awards. The plastic inner packaging is a bit annoying as it’s not re-sealable, but the bar is beautiful, the dark brown being lighter than expected for a 100%. The stylized “Å” in the middle echoes the outside.
Aroma: quite deep, sweet cocoa with light fruit overtones. Smells of delicious baked goods.
Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & nice snap.
Flavor: Immediately a bit of tannin and some sweetness, with just the tiniest hint of savoury bitterness at the end. Strong cocoa throughout, without ever overpowering the cocoa’s inherent sweetness. Finish is lasting & muted, likely from the added cocoa butter, and doesn’t show off much of the red fruits flavor most people associate with malagasy cacao.
Complaints & Complements: One of the best 100% bars I’ve ever had, with such a mild flavor! Stunning packaging; very elegant.
Would buy Have bought again for myself and (many) others.
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Note that this review was originally published in May 2015, and has been updated with new pictures and an enhanced review.