Soma Chocolatemaker, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada features bean-to-bar chocolate creations and was founded by David Castellan and Cynthia Leung.
The very first item I tried by Soma Chocolatemaker was their Dark Side of the Mug drinking chocolate (which I was inspired to order right after seeing an IG post on it in March 2016 by Ecole Chocolat). Since then I have now tasted 23 items made by Soma including chocolate bars, cookies, toffee and drinking chocolate. Why so many? Because Soma always manages to demonstrate consistent quality, texture and taste in their items. And if you want to know what a great “snap” should sound/feel like when biting into a piece of chocolate this is the maker to learn from.
Soma Chocolatemaker Creole Gardens, Haiti Bar
Today I am reviewing Soma’s Creole Gardens, Haiti 70% dark chocolate bar. Per the wrapper that “Among Haitian farmers, Creole gardens refer to dense tangles of vegetation less than an acre in size, forming mini-forests”. This chocolate’s origin is Cap-Haitien, Haiti beans through PISA (“Produits Des Iles SA connecting 1,489 organic, smallhold farmers, 476 of whom are women”). The ingredients in this bar are organic cacao nibs, organic cane sugar and organic cocoa butter. (Notice the lovely painting on the box which was created by Cynthia).
Color: Medium Brown.
Nose: Grape, oak, jasmine, black currant and floral.
Soma Chocolatemaker Creole Gardens, Haiti 70% Dark Chocolate Bar
Texture: Fantastic snap with a medium-bodied juicy mouthfeel.
Taste: Grape, cocoa, floral, subtle light honey and a touch of brown butter.
Finish: Some brownie notes, stone fruit and mild tannins in a medium -length finish (around 10 minutes).
What’s your favorite Soma Chocolatemaker bar?