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I was a little hesitant to try this bar since my experience with over 70% is that the chocolate is overpowering. NOT this bar! It is so rich and creamy. I think it is a new favorite and the best bar from Vietnam I have tried. I now have a number of this bar in my stash.
Don't let the higher percentage scare you. This bar is luxurious and smooth. Delicious!
We first found this chocolate on a trip to Saigon. Marou has a couple of shops in Vietnam and it is a must visit. I noticed on the show Somebody Feed Phil that he goes to the shop and tastes all the wonderful chocolate, pastries and hot chocolate. It is one of our favorite dark chocolate bars of all time.
This bar is different and exceptional. I can't quite make up my mind if 5 stars are justified. I will try others in their selection. Strong fruit notes. That the chocolate is manufactured in the country of origin makes it special as well.
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Ba Ria, Vietnam
Collection description: Ba Ria is a small coastal province in southeastern Vietnam. The Province has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 distinct seasons: rainy and dry. But despite being largely rural, the province's most important industries are petroleum and electricity generation; its contributions amount to nearly a quarter of the country's annual budget. Living standards in the region are high, so agriculture is only a small part of its economy, but its history with cacao is notable, as it's the location of Vietnam's cacao revival back in the early 2000's.
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Vietnam
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Marou Chocolate
Collection description: Marou Chocolat was started by two Frenchmen Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou in Saigon. After a camping trip in Vietnam, that left them venturing onto a cacao farm, they were sold on their next adventure, chocolate. They only had minimal everyday kitchen appliances at the time and started testing how to make chocolate in Sam’s kitchen. They work closely with farmers and slow roast the beans in small batches to get the natural flavors from its terroir and let it do all the work. They are the first bean to bar Vietnamese chocolate makers. Their bars captivate flavors from each region they receive their cacao beans from.
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Soy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list soy products as a main ingredient. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of soy" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. Each product has icons that indicate whether a product is completely soy free or may contain traces.
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
Collection title: Vietnam Chocolate Makers