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*Fruition Chocolate Wild Bolivia 74%

Bar: Wild Bolivia 74% Maker: Fruition Chocolate (New York, USA) Price:  $14.50/60g (The Chocolate House in DC) Overall Rating: 6.5/10 Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Cacao Beans and Cane Sugar. Appearance: rather dark brown, as expected in such a percentage; beautiful stylized “F” in the center of the mold, with the rest of the bar dotted with cacao pods. Aroma: sweet …

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*Harper Macaw Atlantic Forest 74%

Bar: Atlantic Forest 74% Maker: Harper Macaw (Washington D.C., USA) Price: $10.75/60g (The Chocolate House) Overall Rating: 6.5/10 Munch Factor: 4/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans and Organic Cane Sugar. Appearance: beautifully stylized, just like the outside packaging; a very light brown color more commonly seen in milk chocolate. Aroma: earthy, floral cocoa with a buttery raggedness that just makes you breathe …

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*French Broad Chocolate Guatemala 73%

Bar: Guatemala 73% (Cacao Verapaz) Maker: French Broad Chocolate (Asheville, NC, USA) Price: $9/60g (Direct From Maker) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Sugar. Appearance: Very dark brown in color; 24-block pre-broken mold with the brand’s name emblazoned on each rectangle. Aroma: Dried red fruits and earthy sweetness; not …

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*Pump Street Bakery Sourdough & Sea Salt 66%

Bar: Sourdough & Sea Salt 66%, Costa Rica Maker: Pump Street Bakery (Orford, Suffolk, England) Price: $14/70g (The Meadow in NYC) Overall Rating: 9/10 Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Breadcrumbs & Sea Salt. Appearance: 12-block pre-broken plain mold with textural element of breadcrumbs within; color is plain dark brown. Aroma: …

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*Ranger Chocolate Peru 80%

Bar: Peru 80% Maker: Ranger Chocolate (Portland, OR, USA) Price: $2/7g (The Meadow in NYC) Overall Rating: 9.5/10 Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans and Organic Cane Sugar. Appearance: Plain dark brown square mold with a pretty nice temper despite a bit of melting. Aroma: Beautiful strong red fruits and tobacco, wood, ocean. Melt & …

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*French Broad Chocolate Coffee 70%

Bar: Coffee 70% Maker: French Broad Chocolate (Asheville, NC, USA) Price: $9/60g (Direct From Maker) Overall Rating: 6/10 Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Cacao, Organic Sugar, Mountain Air Roasting coffee. Appearance: Very dark brown, a color likely enhanced by the addition of the ground coffee. Aroma: Very dark cacao, light sweet red fruits, and unexpectedly no coffee. …

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*Maraná Chocolate Piura 80%

Bar: Piura 80% Maker: Maraná Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price: $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde in Lima) Overall Rating: 9.5/10 Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Sugar. Appearance: A beautiful light brown color which surprises me considering the percentage; it is a 15-block pre-broken mold which is nice, but which fails to impress. …

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