Visiting the Amedei Tuscany booth at the NW Chocolate Festival this past weekend reminded me that I still needed to post a review of their Chuao bar that I had awhile ago. Chuao cacao is a rare form of Criollo that comes from Venezuela. Continue reading “Amedei Tuscany Chocolate Chuao 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review by Victoria Cooksey”
So often it’s all about single-origin bars, and I do enjoy them immensely, but I think bars of mixed beans are also worth trying. This Amedei 9 Bar is a combination of cacao from 9 different plantations, and is so well balanced. Continue reading “Amedei 9 Dark Chocolate Bar Review with Victoria Cooksey”
Forget what you thought you knew about white chocolate because this Akesson’s Single Plantation Chocolate Madagascar Bejofo Plantation 43% White Chocolate bar is a game changer. If you’re like me (and I know I am) I think vanilla, and tooth aching sweetness when I think of typical white chocolate. Not so with this bar. In fact, there isn’t even any vanilla in it for starters. Continue reading “Akesson’s Single Plantation Chocolate Madagascar 43% White Chocolate Bar Review”
Durci is a craft chocolate maker located at the base of the Wasatch Range in Utah. The very first time I had their chocolate was at the NW Chocolate Festival in Nov. 2016. So I was standing there talking with Sharon Terenzi, The Chocolate Journalist, and she asked if I had tried Durci before. Since I hadn’t she grabbed my arm, and quickly got me from one end of the place to the other to Durci’s table. I may have bumped into a few people on the way. Sorry! Lol!
Pic of Durci at the NW Chocolate Festival Seattle, WA 2016
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”
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!
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
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!
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!
#517 of 1,098 Dirty White Chocolate Vintage Cocoa Gravel by Askinosie Chocolate Continue reading “Askinosie Chocolate 1,098 Line Dirty White Chocolate Vintage Cocoa Gravel Review”
Map Chocolate’s Meteor Shower bar is one of my new favorite inclusion bars! This dark/milk bar is made from 65% Honduras chocolate with toasted black sesame, Maldon salt, and black lava salt.
Map Chocolate Meteor Shower Picture Taken at Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA Continue reading “Map Chocolate Meteor Shower Chocolate Bar Review”