Bar: Mesquite Raw
Maker: Wild Omen Chocolate (Taos, NM, USA)
Price: $6.75/32g (Sugar Pill in Seattle, USA)
Munch Factor: 2.5/10
Ingredients: Organic Stoneground Cacao, Cacao Butter, Wildcrafted Arizona Mezquite, Wildflower Honey, Utah Sea Salt.
Appearance: about the size of a cell phone circa 2003, but with the old timey look of a bible written by hippies, this bar would be right at home in a health food store (coincidentally where I bought it). The mold is gorgeous & sleek, tablet-like, while I thought the bar was off-temper at first, reddish light brown as it is.
Aroma: sweet & bitter cocoa, separately.
Melt & Snap: even melt & good snap.
Flavor: first is strong, plain cocoa with no sweetness, then an earthiness sort of unpleasantly takes over. Honey comes in for a second and then a smokey, tannin-free finish comes in reminding me strangely of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. It’s probably the honey, making an appearance in flavor but not sweetness level.
Complaints & Complements: this smells like tableya. It smells like roasted & lightly ground cacao, all the acids still trapped and bouncing around inside the bar. It’s very straightforward, and would be nice to take on a hiking trip. The mold is gorgeous, but it doesn’t really strike me as a very widely appealing bar— the more you munch on it, the more it tastes like dinner and less like dessert.
Context: sitting in my office with the heater on, before lunch.
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