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Peruvian Cacao

*Fruition Chocolate 100% Blend

Bar: 100% Blend (Peru & the Dominican Republic) Maker: Fruition Chocolate (Woodstock, New York) Price: $9/60g (Caputo’s Online Shop) Overall Rating: 7/10 Munch Factor: 1/10 Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Cocoa Butter. Appearance: very dark brown with raised 4-leaf emblems patterned across the bar, and the brand name etched into the center. The design is consistent from the …

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*Nathan Miller Peru 72%

Bar: Peru 72% Maker: Nathan Miller Chocolate (Pennsylvania, USA) Price:  $10.50/56g (The Meadow in NYC) Overall Rating: 8.5/10 Munch Factor: 2/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans and Organic Cane Sugar. Appearance: plain 16-block rectangular mold; rather dark brown color consisting the moderate percentage. Aroma: dark earthiness & spicy brown sugar. The Melt & Snap: hard melt & strong snap. Flavor: immediate bitter flavor, …

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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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*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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*Ranger Chocolate Peru 73%

Bar: Peru 73% Maker: Ranger Chocolate (Oregon, USA) Price: $2/7g (The Meadow, NYC) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 2/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar. Appearance: plain thick square and a rather light brown color. Aroma: woody, spicy cocoa. Melt & Snap: great melt & great snap. Flavor: bready, then it breaks into sweetness and a slick thick …

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*Maraná Chocolate Piura 40% Milk Chocolate

Bar: Piura (40%) Maker: Maraná Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price:  $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 1.5/10 Munch Factor: 4/10 Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Skim Milk, Almonds and Soy Lecithin. Appearance: pretty light brown color with nice temper; pre-broken mold with the maker’s branded M in the center of each rectangle. Aroma: really sweet …

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*Q’uma Chocolate Maras Salt

Bar: Maras Salt 70% Maker: Q’uma Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price: $6/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 2/10 Munch Factor: 3/10 Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Mass, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Raw Cane Sugar and Maras Salt. Appearance: 8-block pre-broken mold with the brand name on each square; some bloom evident on the top, but the bottom is covered evenly in …

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*French Broad Peru 70%

Bar: Norandino (70%) Maker: French Broad Chocolate Lounge (North Carolina, USA) Price: $9/60g (Direct From Maker) Overall Rating: 7.5/10 Munch Factor: 3/10 Ingredients: Organic Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter Appearance: Very dark brown color & 24-block mold with the brand’s logo on each rectangle; nicely tempered. Aroma: Grass, overwhelming pineapple, and some cocoa; maybe apple …

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*Cacaosuyo Lukuna 70%

Bar: Lakuna (70%) Maker: Cacaosuyo (Lima, Peru) Price: $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 8/10 Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: Organic Peruvian Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar Appearance: Eight-squared mold with geometric pattern on the top and a medium brown color. Aroma: Sweet honey, raisin, and light red wine. Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & strong snap. Flavor: Honey with …

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*Maraná Chocolate San Martín 80%

Bar: San Martín (80%) Maker: Maraná Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price: $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 5/10 Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, and Soy Lecithin. Appearance: Pre-broken 15-block mold with stylized “M” of the brand in each square; dark brown in color, though not as dark as I expected. Aroma: Sweet cocoa …

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