Bar: Nightswimming (Belize)
Maker: Map Chocolate (Eugene, OR, USA)
Price: ~$10/70g (Cacao Review online shop)
Munch Factor: 2/10
Ingredients: organic belize cacao, organic cocoa butter, organic fair trade cane sugar, organic whole milk.
Appearance: Mackenzie, the amazing woman behind Map Chocolate, has a strong penchant for design and her bars show it. Even down to the names and minimalist inclusion of info on the front and back, this bar is gorgeous. Brown paper and then an 18th-century inner wrapping complete the aesthetic. Each bar even comes with a poem! The medium brown bar has a nice temper and a snowflake-like imprint from the square mold.
Aroma: sweet apricot & butter caramel, with spicy undertones.
Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & strong snap.
Flavor: texture strikes me first, with a fattiness and a dust & creaminess I didn’t sense on the nose. It melts & tastes like butter, at first, and only a hint of cocoa at the very end ever emerges to challenge that dustiness. Finish is short. Where are those flavors I smelled?
Complaints & Complements: this is a beautiful, but fickle bar. Not only is it much thicker on one end than the other, but there’s not much nuance on the palate, and you have to take quick big bites to get much of an impression. I’m left confused, and quite frankly not liking this bar much.
Context: in my classroom before lunch; it’s quite a nice temperature, and I’m in a good mood.
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