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I've tasted quite a few well made Venezuelan Cacao bars, as it produces my favorite dark chocolate bars.
Hands down this bar of SOMA's is by far my favorite one that I've tried to date.
It is dark chocolate bar perfection!
It smells like figs jam & chocolate. Immediately you can taste a kind of rich mocha latte with beautiful aromas of cocoa, coffee, and fresh cream. And then "the juice happiness" spread out in your mouth: tamarind and figs. The tamarind has a sweet-tart aroma with fruity notes as a date and apricot. It is also known as the "Indian date". But its intense citrus/bitter/sour taste appears just at the and last long. At first, you got its sweet roasted and caramel profile followed by the juice aroma of calimyrna fig. This kind of figs has a complex profile (honey, butterscotch, jam) crowned by their excellent nuttiness thanks to their numerous seeds. That's why you can also recognize malt taste: sweet, nutty, fruity, toasty, caramel, and coffee.
NB: what surprised me is the tamarind aftertaste tartness. The more the minutes pass and the more the tart profile increases. But it was pleasant. Kind of passion fruit effect!
This is an expensive bar, but the chocolate is just incredible. The flavors are subtle and mellow but long-lasting (taste note on the package says cream and malt). Worth the splurge!
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Best Chocolate: Micro-batch
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Venezuela
Collection title: Canada Chocolate Makers
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: Gluten Free Chocolate
Collection title: Guasare
Collection description: Guasare is a criollo type with unusually tart fruity undertones and high productivity. The cultivar is named after the Guasare River of northern Venezuela, where it’s believed to originate. Its pods are large for a criollo type, while still exhibiting the typical pointed, warty exterior and white seeds. Considering how quickly the trees begin to produce fruits, some believe that the guasare cultivar is a direct descendant of the original cacao tree.
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Nut Free Chocolate
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: SOMA Chocolatemaker
Collection description: Soma was founded by David Castellan and Cynthia Leung in 2003. A rarity in the industry, Soma are adept at both chocolate making, and also a fantastic chocolatier. At the time, ‘bean to bar’ chocolate wasn’t necessarily even a term! Anybody who knew how to make chocolate were those who worked for big chocolate companies. Soma was one of the first to tackle the micro batch chocolate bar production. Besides their wonderful line of chocolate bars, Soma also uses their chocolate to make ganache for truffles, and other chocolate treats. Soma's high quality chocolate bars have been awarded multiple times over the years. First starting off in a 400 square foot tiny corner of an old whiskey distillery, Soma now has two chocolate factories in Toronto, Canada.
Collection title: Soy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list soy products as an ingredient. However, they are not all certified Soy Free. 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. For those allergic to Soy, please chat us up for specific recommendations!
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
Collection title: Women In Chocolate
Collection description: This collection highlights craft chocolate bars from women chocolate makers or women owned chocolate companies.
Collection title: Zulia, Venezuela
Collection description: Zulia is the westernmost state in Venezuela, and besides containing one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere, Zulia includes the famous cacao-growing region of Maracaibo, which happens to be the state capital. Although Zulia is economically important to Venezuela due to its oil and mineral exploitation, it’s also one of the major agricultural regions of Venezuela, and contains historically-relevant trading ports.
awards-International Chocolate Awards