Resolution: Swallow To A Greater Extent Than Chocolate Inwards 2006


Here it is January, calendar month of resolutions, practice in addition to diets. Since Lee’s physician is already basically prescribing that he swallow chocolate on a daily basis, let’s stimulate got a closer await at a duet possibilities, for wellness purposes, of course.

Unlike vino alongside therefore many types of grapes, varietals, regions in addition to vintages to fence with, when it comes to chocolate in that place are alone iii types of beans–criollo, forastero in addition to trinitario. Criollo is considered the best edible bean approximately in addition to is real difficult to grow, it constitutes maybe equally footling equally 5% of the world’s chocolate. Forastero is a hardier cacao than criollo in addition to is the nigh mutual type of edible bean coming mainly from Africa. Trinitario is a hybrid of criollo in addition to forastero. Most chocolates are a blend of unlike beans.

Within each of the beans are varietals of course. And similar wines in that place are unmarried source or estate chocolates. As alongside wines, tasting is the truthful path to understanding. I advise starting out alongside ane of my favorite bars, the Ocumare from Chocovic inwards Spain. Many people don’t know that piece chocolate is a novel globe ingredient, it has an illustrious history inwards Spain. The Ocumare bar is 71% cocoa in addition to made from Venezuelan criollo beans. Incidentally ane of my favorite filled chocolates brands, Richart, is equally good made from alone Venezuelan criollo beans.

The other chocolate bar to try, if you lot tin uncovering it, is the El Carmen from Venezuela made alongside 75% cacao. Though I contacted the maker, Scharffen Berger I can’t hold upward certain which beans were used, alone that the beans were sourced from a unmarried valley inwards Barlovento, Venezuela in addition to are pesticide-free. This is a express edition bar therefore teach it piece you lot can. It is already gone from Scharffen Berger’s site simply available online.

Tasting notes:

* Good lineament chocolate should hold upward smoothen in addition to stimulate got a high gloss
* Notice the crisp snap which indicates it has been well-tempered
* Allow the chocolate to melt inwards your oral cavity to allow the flavors fully develop

With these high pct cacao bars, a footling satisfies both your tastebuds in addition to your doctor. Like fine wine, savour inwards moderation!

Ocumare from Chocovic, available at Trader Joe’s for $1.99, 2.82 ounces
(available online for $3.95 )
Mildly spicy cinnamon, tropical fruit in addition to woodsy tones. It has a mellow buttery complete in addition to wonderfully creamy texture.

El Carmen Scharffen Berger, available at William Cross Wine Merchants, $3.99, 3 ounces
(available online for $6.25 )
Deep rich fruity flavors, plum in addition to cherry tones. It is slightly tannic in addition to dry out alongside a creamy finish.