Sirene Chocolate 100% Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania & Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador Craft Chocolate Bar Review

Sirene Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker located in Victoria, B.C.,  that makes bean-to-bar bars with direct trade chocolate.

Their Pure Cacao Pur set features two 100% bars so you can compare Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania and Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador in one sitting.  The bars are labeled in an easy to tell one bar from the other, in both written word and by the color of each bar’s foil wrapper (gold and silver).

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Cacao Prieto 72% Organic Criollo Dominican Republic Dark Chocolate Bar Review

Cacao Prieto craft chocolate was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston. The Prieto family owns Coralina Farms in the Dominican Republic, where all the organic cacao comes from to make Cacao Prieto bars.  Even the organic sugar they use comes from the Dominican Republic.  Their bean-to-bar chocolate is made in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, where they also make cacao-based liqueurs and rums.

The bar I tried is their original 72% Criollo Dominican organic dark chocolate bar made from single-origin Dominican Republic Criollo cacao and organic raw cane sugar.

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Chocolat Bonnat 75% Porcelana Venezuela Dark Chocolate Bar Review

Chocolat Bonnat is a craft chocolate maker located in France.  Besides the fact that the bars are always amazing I also love that they are 3.50 ounces.  I feel all giddy opening a bar of that size.

This time I tried the 75% Porcelana which comes from Venezuela.  Porcelana is typically listed as a rarer cacao bean from the Criollo variety of beans with delicate flavor characteristics.

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Dick Taylor Maple Coconut Chocolate Bar Review

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate was founded by Adam Dick & Dustin Taylor, and is located in Eureka, California.  This maple coconut bar is the 10th bar of theirs that I’ve had (plus two of their drinking chocolates).  This particular bar is 72% Belize with coconut caramelized in maple syrup and sea salt.

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate Maple Coconut Bar Pic Taken in Victoria, British Columbia. Continue reading “Dick Taylor Maple Coconut Chocolate Bar Review”

Letterpress Chocolate UCAYALI Private Reserve 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

I was at The Chocolate Project in Victoria, British Colombia last weekend where I picked up this Letterpress Chocolate UCAYALI Private Reserve 70% dark chocolate bar that lists batch 1 on the back.

Letterpress Chocolate is a small batch craft chocolate maker founded in 2014 that is located in Los Angeles, CA.  They also happen to be the first bean-to-bar maker established there.  (I first tried Letterpress Chocolate thanks to a chocolate bar swap with My Year in Chocolate).

This particular bar is made from Ucayali River Cacao located in Peru.

Congrats to Letterpress Chocolate for this bar winning gold for packaging design in the 2017 Academy of Chocolate Awards!

Color:  Medium/dark brown.

Nose:  A subtle, delicate nose of graham cracker, red fruit, and faint orange soda.

 

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Soma Chocolatemaker Black Science Camino Verde 70% Nacional from Ecuador Chocolate Bar

This post appeared on my original site on Blogspot on 9-13-16

Sometimes a gal just has to finish off a chocolate bar for lunch, and that’s exactly what I did today.  I had one piece left of this Black Science Camino Verde 70% Nacional from Ecuador bar, and I followed it up with a latte chaser.  Now that’s my kind of a lunch!

Special attention is paid to the fermentation process of this Nacional bean. Continue reading “Soma Chocolatemaker Black Science Camino Verde 70% Nacional from Ecuador Chocolate Bar”

Labooko 90% Bolivia by Zotter, & Ritual Chocolate 75% Peru Maranon Dark Chocolate Bar Reviews by Victoria Cooksey

This post appeared on my original blog site on Blogspot on 10-29-16.

Halloween 2016 is almost here.  Time for adults to indulge in the dark side, the dark chocolate bar dark side that is.   The higher the percentage, the more skill the chocolate maker needs for the bar to come out tasting right.

Be sure to click on my Halloween comedy chocolate bar review video at the end of this post which also features these two bars.   Continue reading “Labooko 90% Bolivia by Zotter, & Ritual Chocolate 75% Peru Maranon Dark Chocolate Bar Reviews by Victoria Cooksey”