Bar: Costa Esmeraldas 70% (Ecuador)
Maker: Dandelion Chocolate Maker (San Francisco, USA)
Price: $8.50/56g (direct from maker)
Munch Factor: 8/10
Ingredients: cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Appearance: with iredescent gold weaved into the fabric of their bars’ packaging, to say that I like their design choices would be an understatement. While I think they include more on the front than completely necessary, I love how the story summary on the front is reminiscent of scanning the back of a book; you only understand the whole tale once you’ve gotten a taste of what’s inside. The bar itself is relatively plain, a very dark brown chocolate in an 18-square block mold, each with 5 squiggles.
Aroma: sweet & earthy, but floral with acidic red fruit undertones.
Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & good snap.
Flavor: cocoa, some earthiness, and then it sweetens and the red fruit acidity comes out as the flavor coats your mouth and gets brighter; the florality emerges if you taste several bites in a row, but otherwise the finish is short and cocoa-y.
Complaints & Complements: I’m not sure how biased this may have made my palate, but I’m a fan of Dandelion as a company. That said, this is what cholcolate should be like. This is the $10 chocolate bar that’s worth the money on flavor alone, much more so when you consider their ethical sourcing practices. The clear evolution of positive flavors is exactly as it should be.
Context: sitting in my office just before lunch.
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