Bar: Vietnam 72%
Maker: Stone Hill Chocolate (Vietnam)
Price: $13/90g (Decor Shop in Saigon, Vietnam)
Munch Factor: 3.5/10
Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
Appearance: the packaging of this bar is stunning. Vibrant water colors on a paper-like background balance well with the dull gold lettering. It’s well-branded and clear what their intent is in creating their chocolate. The little ant sticker on both sides is adorable. Their custom mold reflects the name and abstract design of the outside; very thick bar.
Aroma: sweet cocoa with red fruit undertones.
Melt & Snap: good melt & beautiful snap.
Flavor: plain cocoa without bitterness before sugar breaks out and the cocoa sweetens. It more or less plateaus with vague undertones, bumps if you will, of fruitiness. Finish is long and cocoa-y, but more like powder than brownies or fudge; it sort of loses that initial sweetness.
Complaints & Complements: I’ll admit: I had very high expectations for this bar. The maker is comprised of a family which has been at the head of Vietnam’s cacao movement for decades. Maybe it’s because their bar sat around for awhile in retail, but I was very uninspired by this bar. I expected uniqueness, yet it simply fell flat.
Context: sitting in my classroom just before lunch with lights & A/C on.
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