Bar: Venezuela & Ecuador 91%
Maker: Cacao Sampaka Chocolate (Barcelona, Spain)
Price: $8/100g (Caputo’s Online Store)
Munch Factor: 4/10
Ingredients: cocoa butter, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), natural vanilla flavors.
Appearance: the thick box it comes in features a picture of a man pushing a rack of drying cacao towards a shelter, and the overall look is nice, but a little rushed. Inside are 2 thinner, very dark brown bars in a plastic wrapper, separated by a thin piece of paper & each imprinted with the company name.
Aroma: mild cocoa; not sweet nor bitter.
Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & good snap.
Flavor: cocoa flavor shows itself first, with a deep but pleasant earthiness creeping up from underneath until it’s right in your face & a touch of sweetness makes an appearance. The evolution ends quickly with a dusty cocoa flavor that reminds me a bit of astringency before the overall tone settles and finishes.
Complaints & Complements: this is a very decent example of a bar with less than 10% sugar, a rare sight in this world of inclusion bars (which Sampaka also does a lot of). I don’t think I’d buy this again unless I were looking to make a great hot chocolate, but I’d recommend this for those looking to cut back on their sugar.
Context: just before lunch, insode on a summer’s day.
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