Bar: Strawberry Basil 67% (the Dominican Republic)
Maker: Raaka Chocolate (Brookly, NY, USA)
Price: $10/50g (Cacao Review online shop)
Munch Factor: 7/10
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Strawberry, Organic Basil.
Appearance: this is a rectangular bar with funky etched lines and dug-out rectangles throughout; the packaging design mimicks the mold, albeit with shiny green print. It’s quite striking.
Aroma: it’s like eating black licorice in an herb garden, with its sweet, fruity undertones.
Melt & Snap: hard melt & hard snap.
Flavor: vegitative, lemon candy, grassy with a hit of cocoa before it faded back into the night. The finish is sweet, like a tropical cocktail, but smoothly acidic in the back of the throat. If you can holf off on munching for awhile, the long finish is pink bubble gum.
Complaints & Complements: I can tell you upfront that this bar isn’t for everyone. It’s strange and well-made and I want to share it with all my friends. If just for the quirky packaging, this is “must” for your “inclusions” or “unroasted” collections.
Context: sitting in my apartment in Korea in the middle of winter, decidedly between meals.
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