Chocolate Bloom Happens
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1w ago
That grey film that covers chocolate is called bloom and it is stil Ok to eat the chocolate. Depending on how the chocolate was “mistreated” by exposure to warm temperatures or too humid environments, the bloom is either sugar or cocoa butter coming to the surface of the chocolate.  If a chocolate is bloomed I’ll still eat it even though the texture and possibly the flavor delivery is different than intended by the chocolate maker. Most often when I have a bar that has bloom I’ll melt it into sipping chocolate where all blooming challenges disappear ..read more
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Piety and Desire Chocolate in New Orleans
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1w ago
  When traveling I always try to seek out local bean to bar chocolate shops.  It gives me a chance to meet the people behind the chocolate as well as explore new neighborhoods and bring home chocolate I wouldn’t typically come across. While in New Orleans last fall I found Piety and Desire, a charming shop in New Orleans with a vintage vibe. They featured a nice selection of sipping chocolate as well as bars and  bon bons.  Owner Christopher Nobles was in the shop when we visited so I had a chance to pepper him with questions and gain i ..read more
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Deep blood orange peel notes
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1M ago
Fresco Chocolate with black tea.  When a bar calls to you and it happens to be in your chocolate stash, listen to that little voice and just go with it. I think it was the deep blood orange peel notes against the luscious melt of this dark chocolate that called out to me today for my afternoon tea and chocolate.  Rob and Amy at Fresco Chocolate are truly Masters at the craft of making chocolate. The chocolate of masters stands out.  Always interesting and well made, no matter what origin or inclusion.  Always keep at least a few bars from those you consider a mast ..read more
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Volo Chocolate 62% Haiti with Caramelized Milk, Browned Butter, Figs, and Hazelnuts
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1y ago
  The first thing I noticed about this milk chocolate bar was the super creamy texture and almost slippery mouthfeel.  The browned butter must have a big impact on those elements.   Even though this is a milk chocolate bar, the chocolate has notes of deep dark roasted cacao until you reach a rich fig inclusion piece, then the sweet honey notes of the fig are front and center.  The hazelnuts are crisp, flavorful and hidden deep in the chocolate bar. The finish on my last bite was all about the fig with the chocolate notes in the background.  This bar was shared with m ..read more
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DesBarres Tanzania 72% with Black Pepper and Cardamom
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1y ago
  DesBarres  72% Tanzania with Black Pepper and Cardamom The light fruity Tanzania origin chocolate shines through with notes of pear, tropical fruits, and red berries, especially in the beginning of the melt.  Those notes don't get lost in the black pepper and cardamom which seem to compete with each other.  The competition is who is going to show up RIGHT NOW.  Sometimes I taste the black pepper, sometimes the cardamom is stronger.  This back and forth play lasts long into the finish.   The texture and mouthfeel barely reveal the spices ground a ..read more
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Puna Chocolate Co Island Style Macadamia Nuts Toasted Coconut Bar
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1y ago
  Island Style by Puna Chocolate Company Macadamia Nuts and Toasted Coconut 70% Chocolate Bar Made on Hawaii with Hawaiian cacao.  Generous amounts of macadamia nuts and large flakes of coconut are pressed onto the back of the 70% chocolate bar.  The aroma is filled with macadamia and coconut.  When I carefully break off a piece of chocolate with no inclusions I find a bright, fruity, chocolate with notes of tropical fruit and some earthy notes toward the end of the melt.  Tasting the bar as it was intended, with the inclusions, the bright chocolate against ..read more
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Krakakoa 60% Dark Milk Chocolate
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2y ago
  Made with palm sugar from Indonesian origin beans. Scents of licorice and roasted cocoa beans waft from the sealed flow wrap package as soon as it is open.  The thick bar takes a minute to start melting and releasing flavor.  When the melt starts it is slow and the texture a bit sandy, I’m guessing from the palm sugar.  The first notes are roasted cacao, palm sugar adds a malty note, raisin toward the middle through to the end. After the bar is melted and gone the flavor remains for several minutes, then the hint of licorice scent resurfaces.  It is an interesting ..read more
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Óbolo Dulce de Tres Leches White Chocolate Bar
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2y ago
  Óbolo Dulce de Tres Leches white chocolate bar.  I’ve got it admit this one caught me by surprise. I’m not usually a white chocolate bar consumer.  This bar is rich with a deep yellow color and a texture that is smooth and almost velvety.  The flavors are what really caught me though. This bar tastes more like a salted caramel than any other white chocolate bar I’ve ever had.  It is sweet and almost nutty and somehow grounded. Well balanced with a salty finish although there is no salt listed in the ingredients so the salt must come from the butter.  Made ..read more
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Original Hawaiian Chocolate Tasting Notes
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2y ago
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Dark Chocolate and Criollo The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Company is on Big Island of Hawaii.  They grow cacao, ferment, dry, and make chocolate on site at their farm.   I'm comparing and contrasting their Dark Chocolate Bar vs their Criollo Dark Chocolate Bar. Dark Chocolate Bar 70% Ingredients:  Hawaiian Cocoa Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soya Lecithin. This bar comes across a little like old fashioned fudge in both flavor and texture.  A hint of walnut skins, a bit of dairy note on the finish.  Long finish, the walnut skin flav ..read more
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Puna Dark Chocolate Bar
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2y ago
Puna Chocolate Company Dark Chocolate Bar Puna Dark Chocolate Bar 70% 100% Hawaiian Cacao grown on the Big Island, Hawaii.  Summer 2018 Harvest. Puna Chocolate Company Initial marshmallow notes followed by cocoa notes.  A little bit earthy. A finish of fairly smooth black tea notes.  Overall a nice, smooth chocolate experience without any big surprises.  I found this bar on my trip to the Big Island in September 2018 ..read more
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