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*Fresh Cacao Christmas Chocolate

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Bar: Christmas (Honduras)
Maker: Fresh Cacao Chocolate (St. Petersberg, Russia)
Price: unknown/50g (gift from a friend)
Munch Factor: 7/10
Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.

Appearance: the bright blue packaging is remarkably eye-catching, especially with the roosters on the bottom, but it also reminds me of cheaper chocolate packaging, even though I know it’s bean to bar. It may just be my American bias. The inner aluminum foil wrapping reminds me of its handmade origin, however, and I admire the dark brown color. The mold makes me think of legos, or again, cheap chocolate.
Aroma: smoky and sort of floral, like allspice or other floral-smelling spices, albeit if they’d been left near a fire for several hours.
Melt & Snap: hard melt & okay snap.
Flavor: the spice hits the tongue first and melts hard into a vague dried fruits flavor with earthy cocoa undertones. The texture is a little gummy, but the flavor is nice, neither bitter nor astringent. The finish is earthy and spicy with a hint of smoke.
Complaints & Complements: I’ll admit that I was surprised by this bar. I expected it to be smokey and bitter based on the aroma, but just as the aroma kept changing, so did the flavor on the tongue. I’m looking forward to continuing to follow Fresh Cacao’s exploits on Instagram, and to taste the other bar I have from them. The texture needs work, maybe less refining, but the flavor is truly delicious.
Context: in my office after work, preparing to go home.

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