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*Fresco Chocolate Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212

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Bar: Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212
Maker: Fresco Chocolate (Lynden, WA, USA)
Price: $8/50g (Chocolopolis in Seattle, USA)
Munch Factor: 2.5/10
Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter.

Appearance: hunter green-brown, squat rectangular packaging with swirly cacao pod logo & company name centered. Information on the cacao & processing choices are on the back. Thin gold aluminum inner packaging; bar is medium dark brown with six rectangles imprinted with the logo along the bottom & a large rectagle on top. Good temper.
Aroma: earthy, clean cocoa with caramelized— but not sweet— notes.
Melt & Snap: good melt & strong snap.
Flavor: cocoa hits first, clean and creamy with little sweetness, and then strong earthiness and hints of tannin, which fade into the background on a strong cocoa-y finish. Hints of fruit.
Complaints & Complements: I’ve been a fan of Fresco & their transparency in their processing for years, and I love that they make it so easy to compare bars from the same origin and even the same batch of beans. This bar, while not to my usual flavor notes preferences, is so well-made that I’ve been letting pieces melt in my mouth for the last 10 minutes, waiting for it to stop being enjoyable. This bar is deserving of its (long-ago, 2012) International Chocolate Award.
Context: in my heated apartment before bed.

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