Bar: Ambrosia Dark Pollen 65%
Maker: Naive Chocolate (Eastern Lithuania)
Price: ~$10/57g (The Chocolate House in Washington, D.C., USA)
Munch Factor: 7/10
Ingredients: organic cacao, organic sugar, organic cacao butter, wild forest honey, organic bee pollen, organic sunflower lecithin.
Appearance: the packaging is unlike any others I’ve seen; not only is the rectangular shape more squat, but the fade from blue to yellow and the bicycle rider on the front tantalizes the eye. The bar echoes the man on the bicycle in its mold, while the medium-dark brown color belies its scent.
Aroma: it smells like M&Ms (or smarties, if you’re British).
Melt & Snap: nice melt & good snap.
Flavor: creamy cocoa, and then an earthy edge pops in before leaving and bringing us back to the creamy bar with earthy undertones, and it’s over. The finish is short and cocoa-y.
Complaints & Complements: I might have given this bar a bite and a sniff while photographing it, and been highly impressed. I’m still not sure how he added the honey, but the flavor’s likeness to an M&M is simply uncanny. For all the beauty of technique and packaging, however, the flavor is still one-note and super munchable. I would 100% buy this again, and I wonder what origin the beans are.
Context: sitting in my office before work on one fine spring day, basically already ready to leave. The temperature is pleasant.
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