Bar: Dark/Noir 72% (Madagacar)
Maker: Menakao Chocolate (Antananarivo, Madagascar)
Price: $10/65g (Osaka Salon du Chocolat)
Munch Factor: 5/10
Ingredients: Madagascan Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Pure Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin.
Appearance: very eye-catching parchment paper-reminiscent background, not to mention the gorgeous woman featured on the front (& biographied on the back). The blocked mold has a cacao emblem engraved in each rectangle, and thin strips across them.
Aroma: tree bark and dried berries; slick and sweet, not gritty.
Melt & Snap: okay melt & good snap.
Flavor: earthy cocoa, and almost sour note of berry and then distinct potato chips before some red fruits and a surprisingly gritty finish featuring an encore of the earlier earthiness on a berry-like sweetness. Short finish with light sweetness.
Complaints & Complements: this is like the twilight zone of chocolates. In the middle there was a strong detour of potato chips fresh from the bag & absolutely nothing else, and then we returned to our regularly scheduled programming. This is one of the most uniquely-flavored bars I’ve ever tasted, and that’s saying something.
Context: the end of the work week, before leaving the office for the day. The room’s a little chilly, but not unpleasant.
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