So, I mentioned that the packaging was beautiful, but the bar is too. it's divided into these flat thin rectangles that are 1" X 3" -- each is 1/2oz and you get 6 as the bar is 3oz. Now I am particular about the shape, so this matters to me a lot. Why? Well, first of all I want to be able to break off a piece easily and I want that piece to be just enough to satisfy me. In addition, the bar should not be too thick (this one is perfect at about 1/8th of an inch) -- this gives you the perfect bite! And I don't want it to be bumpy of fancy or anything -- just flat and smooth. The texture of the chocolate is what I want to experience.
Okay, I may be a bit obsessive.
So you can see a piece of the chocolate broken off and sitting on top of the bar in the photo. Dark, glossy and prefectly sized. Time to try it!
Ivory Coast 75% Cacao -- Package says: "This single origin chocolate is made from the first Fair Trade Certified cacao beans brought into the United Sates from the Ivory Coast. The richness and intensity of flavor in this bar reflect the complexity of the growing region." My thoughts: Wow! This is chocolate through and through -- almost like the taste of a brownie (but not very sweet at all). I kind of get a hint of spice and maybe a touch of coffee. It's smooth and melts beautifuly , but leaves a dry feeling in the mouth and a bitter (in a very good way!) note at the end (this is the coffee flavor I'm talking about). I was totally not expecting this!
Trying these bars really is fun -- it's amazing how different they all taste even theough they are all dark chocolate produced in the same factory. I can't wait to try the last one!