Bar: Kardamom 77%
Maker: Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé (Budapest, Hungary)
Price: $14/70g (Summit & Spice in Anchorage, AK)
Munch Factor: 4.5/10
Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, cardamom.
Appearance: square black & white packaging with illustrations that recall the Aztecs, including cacao pods & trees, gourds, and birds. This is covered by a paper that shares a bit about the company and features the all-seeing stacked heart character which adorns all their bars. Inside all the paper packaging is a well-tempered square bar. If you snap the edges off, its 8 pieces become more clear, centered by a circle off of which all the parts will break. The design, at first glance, reminds me of a Persian rug.
Aroma: recently-ground cardamom.
Melt & Snap: hard melt & hard snap.
Flavor: sweet cardamom and then deeply earthy cocoa, almost overpowering cardamom. It’s a touch dusty, but the finish is long and sweet, though that fades into pure cocoa after a few minutes.
Complaints & Complements: this is a very nice, mild dark chocolate, but I was a little disappointed in the aftertaste. Usually spices are overused, but I would have appreciated a bit more of the cardamom flavor after all the sweetness had faded and the cocoa went dark. But overall, a quite nice investment, not to mention beautiful.
Context: in my office before work on a cool day.
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