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This bar has one of the best textures I have experienced so far. It is ground a bit on the fine side with no noticeable grittiness, it gives a somewhat dense coating on your tongue yet still feels very smooth. The melt is extremely satisfying.
Flavor wise, I would say this bar is definitely a sensory experience, yet there isn't a single distinct strong flavor, which is perhaps why many describe it as mellow or mild. There is a slight astringency yet sweetness, and noticeable tanginess which gets more noticeable if you chew it or work it with your tongue. You can feel some hits of roasted nuts and citrus, and if you chew it there is sort of an acidic savory flavor (cheesy) that is common to Criollo beans.
Overall, I think this bar is really great value and a great 100% Criollo bar. Definitely also recommended to introduce people to 100% bars.
This bar surprised me for the extremely mild flavor and good texture. I could not put it down!
This is a wonderful dark chocolate for baking
You just think you don’t like 100% chocolate. Taste this and you will change your mind. They way it melts in your mouth is, well, it’s just sexy!
If you want to try your first 100% bar, try this one. Another reviewer calls this mellow, and that’s exactly what it is. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t believe it had no sugar in it. It’s smooth, mellow. The notes mention citrus and red berries, but your palate won’t be assaulted by sharpness; those truly are subtle hints. Considering how exquisite this bar is, it’s a great value.
Collection title: 100% Dark Chocolate
Collection title: Akesson Estate
Collection description: Perhaps one of the most famous origins in the world, Akesson’s Estate consists of several individual farms in northwestern Madagascar’s Sambirano Valley. The most prolific of these is certainly Bejofo Estate, which alone produces around 300 tons of cocoa each year. Over the last decade, Malagasy cacao (cacao grown on Madagascar) has earned a reputation for fruity, almost juicy cacao beans, which transform into some of the most unique chocolate in the world. All of the cacao grown on Akesson Estate is organic-certified.
Collection title: Akesson's
Collection description: Akesson's founded by Bertil Akesson is largely responsible for some of the super fine cacao we see coming from Madagascar. Bertil manages several estates in the Sambirano Valley, and also has a few plantations in Indonesia and Brazil. Bertil is one of the pioneers of the bean to bar chocolate movement, and produces a line of single origin and inclusion bars using the spices that also grow on his plantations. Akesson's focuses on high quality cocoa while maintaining sustainable practices. Not only has Akesson's won many awards, other chocolate makers have also won awards for their bars with Akesson's cacao.
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Madagascar
Collection title: Dairy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list dairy as an ingredient. However, they are not all certified Dairy Free. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of milk" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. For those with serious sensitivity to milk, please chat us up for specific recommendations!
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: France Chocolate Makers
Collection title: Gluten Free Chocolate
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Nut Free Chocolate
Collection title: Organic Chocolate
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Sambirano Valley, Madagascar
Collection description: Perhaps the most famous growing region in the world, northern Madagascar's Sambirano Valley is known for its incredibly fruity cacao and aromatic herbs & spices. Over the past few decades three main plantations have popped up in the area to supply cacao to chocolate makers around the world, as well as some of the world's most valuable botanicals, namely vanilla, ylang-ylang, and essential oil extracts.
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Variety-Criollo
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
award-Academy of Chocolate