In March of 2018 Willie’s Cacao (a bean-to-bar chocolate maker located in the U.K.) held a live Facebook tasting event featuring eight of their chocolate bars. I was not able to attend this event, however, my chocolate pal Patricia Baker of the blog Eating the Chocolate Alphabet kindly sent me a piece from each bar to try.
My tasting notes are based off of having two bites from each bar and not having watched the tasting video. If you have watched it, or if you have had these bars, please comment below what tasting notes you perceived.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!