June 14, 2008

Deep Dark Chocolate - mmmmmmmm


It's taken me awhile to post about this, but I've been savoring each decadent bite ever so slowly. I was a lucky recipient of Amano Artisan Chocolate bars about a month ago. Over at Blake Makes they had one of their give aways and I was a lucky winner!

Now, when I received the 3 precious bars of dark chocolate I tried to find some way to incorporate it into a recipe but just couldn't find the right way to showcase this chocolate. I only had 2 ounces each of their Madagascar, Cuyagua and Ocumare bars. Each bar has it's own personality based on where the cocoa beans originated.

The Madagascar had a slightly bitter flavor upon my first tasting of it. If you allow it to slowly melt on your tongue, you'll taste the slightest hint of citrus flavors.

When I tasted the Cuyagua bar, it had a much more intense flavor and seemed richer and smoother to me.

Lastly, I opened the Ocumare and it seems I saved the best for last (at least in my opinion). It is a really smooth, decadent piece of chocolate. It has a background flavor of berries which is absolutely delightful!

All three are truly amazing artisan chocolates that I would recommend trying. It is obvious in tasting these chocolates that they take a lot of care in making it in the traditional way - small batches. Amano has created a dark chocolate worthy of special occasions, that happens to be rich and satisfying enough to have just a small taste at a time. For me that is huge as I can finish off the Hershey's Special Dark bar in no time at all. Now, that I've had truly special dark chocolate from Amano I'm not sure I can go back!

Thank you, Amano and Blake Makes, for giving me the chance to try this fantastic dark chocolate!
Photo courtesy Amano Artisan Chocolate.

2 comments:

Megan said...

we tasted each bar and a Hershey dark bar and what a difference! Wish they were'nt so expensive. I love Amano!

art said...

Glad you liked the chocolate! It was fun working with Blake on the giveaway.

Also, in reply to Megan, I'm glad too you love our chocolate. We wish the price weren't so high just as you do but it is reflective of the high quality beans that we use which are very expensive. By way of comparison, we pay the farmers more for their beans per pound than what most consumers in the US pay for mass-produced finished chocolate.

Eat Well,

-Art

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