Amano Chuao Village Venezuela Signature Edition 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

This review was first published in my original Blogspot site on 8-1-16.

Criollo cacao beans are rare, and Chuao is an even more rare version of Criollo that comes from the plantation of Chuao in Venezuela.  It is limited in quantity, so often makers will do limited edition, or signature, bars of it.  Part of the cost of these types of bars is the fact that they are made from very rare beans, and often these rare beans are more susceptible to damage from insects, fungus, etc, which make them harder to grow.  Only a couple percent of all chocolate bars are made from rare cacao beans. Continue reading “Amano Chuao Village Venezuela Signature Edition 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review”

Omnom Chocolate Reykjavik Iceland Madagascar 66% Chocolate Bar Review

Note:  This review post first appeared in my original Blogspot site on 7-1-16.  I’ve tried four different bars so far by Omnom and I highly recommend them!

Just tried this Omnom Chocolate Madagascar 66% bar today.  It’s actually made in Reykjavik, Iceland.   First, I love the packaging design, very cool! Second, it taste amazing too!

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Fruition Marañón Canyon 68% Dark Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Fruition Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This dark milk bar has won several awards, and is made from National beans from Maranon Canyon in Peru. The particular bar in this review is from batch #2.

 Pic of Fruition’s Maranon Canyon bar was taken in Port Townsend, WA

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Dick Taylor Solomon Islands Exclusive Release Dark Chocolate Bar Review

I hope you were among the lucky ones to score this Dick Taylor Solomon Islands Exclusive Release dark chocolate bar last weekend at the NW Chocolate Festival.  When purchasing an exclusive release, or limited edition bar, I’m always hopeful the bar will live up to my expectations, and this one definitely delivers!

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Askinosie Chocolate 1,098 Line Dirty White Chocolate Vintage Cocoa Gravel Review

The pouch this bar comes in is made by Trappist Monks (the order was founded in 1098, so 1,098 bars), the cocoa butter is from the Philippines, and is from the first pressing (which gives it the “dirty” white), the cocoa nibs are aged for two years, and covered in chocolate (the nibs, and chocolate are from Tanzania).  And this bar has goat’s milk in it. Talk about complex!

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Dormouse Chocolates 55% Columbia Arauca Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Dormouse chocolates is a bean to bar chocolate maker located in Manchester in the U.K.  I recently ordered this bar from their online store.  It’s listed as made from a mix of criollo, and trinitario beans, batch 076, and with a conch time of 48 hours.  (The higher the quality the beans, the less conching time is needed, and it let’s the real flavors shine through too).

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Beau Cacao 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review

This 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia dark chocolate bar is the 2nd bar I’ve had by the London, England based craft chocolate maker Beau Cacao.  This particular bar is #302 out of just 3,800 bars that will be made from the 2014 harvest.

Beau Cacao was founded by Bo San Cheung, and Thomas Delcour, and currently features two bars made from Malaysian cacao. Continue reading “Beau Cacao 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review”

Beau Cacao 73% 2014 Asajaya Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review

 

Beau Cacao is a handcrafted chocolate maker in London, England that has recently launched their bars.  Founded by both Bo San Cheung, and Thomas Delcour, Beau Cacao makes bean to bars from Malaysian cacao beans.  Their focus is on making fine chocolate bars with a direct link from growers to consumers, working with small-scale growers, and maintaining transparency of the product.

I ordered this 2014 harvest 73% Asajaya Malaysia dark chocolate bar (200 of 4,500 bars) from the Beau Cacao website (http://www.beaucacao.com/) Continue reading “Beau Cacao 73% 2014 Asajaya Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review”