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Amano     WEB SITE www.amanochocolate.com     Grid list of Amano chocolate bars     Amano wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Amano
Cocoa beans, pure cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole vanilla beans.
Our vintage equipment is used to process milk chocolate and chocolate containing tree nuts, peanuts and soy lecithin (an emulsifier).
56g (2oz.), 57x130mm (2.2x5.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2010 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
The name "Chuao" is spoken with reverence. It symbolizes the world's most coveted cocoa and its source. For centuries, the farmers of Chuao have faithfully grown this native Venezuelan criollo cocoa. They ritually harvest and ferment the beans, then sun-dry them in front of their historic church. Once they reach us, we gently hand roast and stone grind them, turning this exalted cocoa into one of the world's finest chocolates. It is pure passion, pure tradition, pure love - pure Chuao. Tasting notes: plums, blueberries, blackberries, molasses, coffee, almonds.
variety = Criollo   origin = Venezuela
 Amano - Chuao
  70% cacao  Amano
Cocoa beans, pure cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole vanilla beans.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and milk products.
85g (3oz.), 80x198mm (3.1x7.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolate Box,  Seattle, WA
 
It is for good reason this is the very first chocolate we released. It tastes incredible and has won numerous awards in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The cocoa we use to make the chocolate comes from a cocoa plantation in the Sambirano Valley on the northwest coast of Madagascar. The owner of the plantation is a valued friend and colleague, so we are always sure to get his very best. Each batch of our Madagascar chocolate is carefully roasted, stone ground, refined, and conched to bring out the very best flavors of the exotic cocoa beans we use. It is a laborious process, but each bit of extra effort pays off when using truly special cocoa to create a chocolate such as this. The final result explodes in a symphony of flavors. Try this chocolate and you'll be sure you have found a favorite. This chocolate has a gentle chocolate flavor with notes of raspberries, cherry, raisin & citrus.
origin = Madagascar
 Amano - Madagascar Sambirano Valley
  70% cacao  Amano
Cocoa beans, pure cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole vanilla beans.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and milk products.
85g (3oz.), 80x198mm (3.1x7.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolate Box,  Seattle, WA
 
The cocoa from the remote Venezuelan village of Ocumare de La Coasta has become famous since the 1600's. Since we founded Amano, it has been an honor to be able to make chocolate from this rarefied cocoa. The flavor has always been one of the world's finest, and we have watched many people swoon as the waves of Ocumare's incredible chocolatey flavor gently overwhelm their senses. I have found the farmers of the Ocumare and neighboring valleys to be very kind and hospitable. For this reason, it is one of my favorite places to visit. I truly believe that this chocolate accurately reflects the pride, sensitivity, and personality of the humble farmers who grow the cocoa that we use to make this chocolate. As you taste it,, I am sure you will come to love as much as I do, not only the chocolate but the farmers and the land from which it comes. This chocolate has a rich, complex chocolate flavor with notes of red fruit and spice.
origin = Venezuela
 Amano - Ocumare Village, Venezuela

Amedei          Grid list of Amedei chocolate bars     Amedei wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  75% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 78x155mm (3.1x6.1")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2010 from World Wide Chocolates,  Strafford, New Hampshire, USA.
 
The "family treasure". This blend expresses the Amedei philosophy. Combined here are cacaos of 9 plantations which, over the years, have been discovered, restored and rendered productive again by Alessio Tessieri: an exceptional raw material. From this, Cecilia created a powerful and balanced dark chocolate, in which the aromas of the plantations persist in the unmistakable flavour of this chocolate.
 Amedei - 9
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 78x153mm (3.1x6")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2013 from Fog City News,  San Francisco, CA
 
A vintage chocolate...the discovery of the most aromatic and wild cocoa is united with the love from he who knows how to tame it and turn it into a real connoisseurs chocolate. A blend of rare cocoa from Peru in an unforgettable limited edition. The scent of berries and wild mushrooms alternates with that of dried plums and toasted almonds. Delicate hints of liquorice prolong the aroma of chocolate inviting you to taste it over and over again.
variety = Criollo   origin = Peru
 Amedei - Blanco de Criollo
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 80x153mm (3.1x6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2010 from Chocosphere.com
 
The name Chuao brings to the mind the legend of Mayan cocoa, a primitive taste, an earthly paradise where the "food of the gods" grows. It wasn't easy for Amedei to purchase and process these beans, and proved even more challenging for Cecilia Tessieri to "tame" the wild bean, which had never been tasted in the pure form. She discovered that after a 20-day aging period, this chocolate - unlike any other - continues to develop and improves its acidity and aroma.
 Amedei - Chuao 70%
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 78x152mm (3.1x6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2009 from Chocosphere.com
 
From the Caribbean Seas comes this dark gold, rich in flavour and deep in colour. The aromas of fresh tropical wood bark and eucalyptus mingle perfectly with a creamy, luxurious, well-balanced flavour. A great chocolate with an unmistakable character.
origin = Grenada
 Amedei - Mono Origine Grenada
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 78x152mm (3.1x6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2009 from Chocosphere.com
 
Ride the wave of a mesmerising rhythm. Dance on the passionate notes of chocolate from Jamaica, featuring the aroma of raw cocoa and fresh dates, which follows up on the bar's decisive cracking sound with a powerful impression of citrus fruit, butter and fruit jam.
origin = Jamaica
 Amedei - Mono Origine Jamaica
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 78x152mm (3.1x6")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2009 from Chocosphere.com
 
This chocolate comes from Madagascar to bewitch you with the magic of its dark beans and their full, acidic, subtly minty flavour. It will take you into a soft embrace that will leave behind the memory of complex aromas perfectly balanced between fruity and toasted nuances.
origin = Madagascar
 Amedei - Mono Origine Madagascar
  70% cacao  Amedei
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnut, almond, pistachio, walnut, milk.
50g (1.75oz.), 80x155mm (3.1x6.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
 
White, delicate and fine. Earning in the name Porcelana, it's a pure-bred "Criollo" cocoa, of which only 3,000 kilos is made a year. Amedei has the honour of growing it, making it into an incredible flavour, among the most aromatic, well-rounded and harmonious found in the book of chocolate.
variety = Criollo  
 Amedei - Porcelana

Amma     WEB SITE www.ammachocolate.com     Grid list of Amma chocolate bars     Amma wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Amma
Cocoa, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter.
May contain traces of milk.
80g (2.82oz.), 97x176mm (3.8x6.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2013 from Salling,  Aalborg, Denmark
origin = Brazil
 Amma - 75%

Areté     WEB SITE www.aretefinechocolate.com     Grid list of Areté chocolate bars     Areté wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Bolivaia Beniano), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x181mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
origin = Bolivia
 Areté - Bolivia Beniano 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Colombia Tumaco cocoa beans, organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x181mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
origin = Colombia
 Areté - Colombia Tumaco 70%
  58% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Costa Rica Coto Brus), organic cane sugar, organic whole milk powder, organic cocoa butter.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Costa Rica
 Areté - Costa Rica Terciopelo - Coto Brus Dark Milk 58%
  70% cacao  Areté
Organic cocoa beans (D.R. Finca Elvesia), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Dominican Republic
 Areté - Dominican Republic Finca Elvesia 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Organic cocoa beans (D.R. Oko Caribe), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Dominican Republic
 Areté - Dominican Republic Oko Caribe 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Ecuador Costa Esmeraldas), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (Ecuador Costa Esmeraldas).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Ecuador
 Areté - Ecuador Costa Esmeraldas 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Ecuador Eco-Cacao), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2017 from Chocolate Maya,  Santa Barbara, CA
origin = Ecuador
 Areté - Ecuador Eco-Cacao 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Ecuador Hacienda Victoria), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (Ecuador Hacienda Victoria.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Ecuador
 Areté - Ecuador Hacienda Victoria 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Ecuador - Puerto Quito), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2015 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
origin = Ecuador
 Areté - Ecuador, Puerto Quito 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Fiji, Mataswalevu), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from Areté,  Milpitas, CA
origin = Fiji
 Areté - Fiji Mataswalevu 70%
  58% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Guatemala Lachua), organic cane sugar, organic whole milk powder, organic cocoa butter.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Guatemala
 Areté - Guatemala Lachua Dark Milk 58%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Honduras Fhia La Masica), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Honduras
 Areté - Honduras Fhia La Masica 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (India Anamalai), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (India Anamalai).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2019 from Areté,  Milpitas, CA
origin = India
 Areté - India Anamalai 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (India Jangareddygudem), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (India Jangareddygudem).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2018 from Chocolate Maya,  Santa Barbara, CA
origin = India
 Areté - India Jangareddygudem 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Madagascar, Sambirano Valley), organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2016 from Areté,  Milpitas, CA
origin = Madagascar
 Areté - Madagascar Sambirano Valley 70%
  66% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Peru Nacional), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (Peru Nacional).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2015 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
origin = Peru
 Areté - Peru Nacional 66%
  70% cacao  Areté
Peru Nacional cocoa beans, organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from Areté,  Milpitas, CA
origin = Peru
 Areté - Peru 'Phantom' 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2015 from Chocolate Maya,  Santa Barbara, CA
origin = Trinidad
 Areté - Trinidad San Juan 70%
  70% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Uganda Semuliki), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (Uganda Semuliki).
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy due to the use of shared equipment.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x180mm (3.5x7.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2019 from Areté,  Milpitas, CA
origin = Uganda
 Areté - Uganda Semuliki 70%
  73% cacao  Areté
Cocoa beans (Viet Nam - Tien Giang), organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (Viet Nam - Tien Giang.
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy.
65g (2.3oz.), 90x182mm (3.5x7.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2016 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Vietnam
 Areté - Viet Nam Tien Giang 73%

Artisan du Chocolat     WEB SITE www.artisanduchocolat.com     Grid list of Artisan du Chocolat chocolate bars     Artisan du Chocolat wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Artisan du Chocolat
(no ingredients listed!)
May contain nut traces.
45g (1.58oz.), 65x140mm (2.6x5.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2007 from L'artisan du Chocolat,  Chelsea, London, UK
 
Made from rare cocoa beans grown on a single plantation in Venezuela. Smooth with notes of roasted nuts and coffee typical of Venezuela.
origin = Venezuela
 Artisan du Chocolat - Carupano
  67% cacao  Artisan du Chocolat
(no ingredients listed!)
No soya lechitin (sic). May contain nut traces.
45g (1.58oz.), 65x140mm (2.6x5.5")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2007 from L'artisan du Chocolat,  Chelsea, London, UK
 
Made from rare cocoa beans grown on a single plantation in the Dominican Republic. Subtle with notes of green olives and apricots.
origin = Dominican Republic
 Artisan du Chocolat - Los Ancones
  70% cacao  Artisan du Chocolat
(no ingredients listed!)
May contain nut traces.
45g (1.58oz.), 65x140mm (2.6x5.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2007 from L'artisan du Chocolat,  Chelsea, London, UK
 
Exceptional organic chocolate from criollo and trinitario beans grown in Madagascar and Peru. Intense with notes of red fruits and warm bread.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Madagascar
 Artisan du Chocolat - Organic Dark 70%

Bahen & Co.     WEB SITE bahenchocolate.com     Grid list of Bahen & Co. chocolate bars     Bahen & Co. wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Bahen & Co.
Cocoa beans & organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of nuts.
75g (2.64oz.), 72x158mm (2.8x6.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Bahen & Co.,  Margaret River, Western Australia
 
Far Away in Fzenda Sempre Firme, a treasure of intense Brazilian origin expression is salvaged. Our beans are honourably sourced, roasted, cracked, winnowed, stone ground, conched and aged, all in ridiculously small batches by rare vintage machines. I am an expression of dark fruit & deep brooding chocolate characters. This is my Journey. From bean to bar.
origin = Brazil
 Bahen & Co. - Brazil
  70% cacao  Bahen & Co.
Cocoa beans & organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of nuts.
75g (2.64oz.), 72x158mm (2.8x6.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Bahen & Co.,  Margaret River, Western Australia
 
In our House Blend we bring forth the chocolate makers craftsmanship to create the perfect blend of single origin cocoas. Our beans are honourably sourced, roasted, cracked, winnowed, stone ground, conched and aged, all in ridiculously small batches by rare vintage machines. This is my Journey. From bean to bar.
 Bahen & Co. - House Blend
  70% cacao  Bahen & Co.
Cocoa beans & organic cane sugar.
May contain traces of nuts.
75g (2.64oz.), 72x158mm (2.8x6.2")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Bahen & Co.,  Margaret River, Western Australia
 
For many moons, the Sambirano Valley has basked within the perfect cacao micro-climate of the 20° parallels. The distinct 'green gold' beans are honourably sourced, roasted, cracked, winnowed, stone ground, conched and aged, all in ridiculously small batches by rare vintage machines. I am distinctly Madagascan, with expressions of citrus fruit, red berries and raisins. This is my Journey. From bean to bar.
origin = Madagascar
 Bahen & Co. - Madagascar

Bar au Chocolat     WEB SITE www.barauchocolat.com     Grid list of Bar au Chocolat chocolate bars     Bar au Chocolat wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Bar au Chocolat
Cocoa mass, cane sugar.
Free of egg, gluten, milk, nuts, soy & wheat.
65g (2.3oz.), 177x70mm (7x2.8")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2015 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
origin = Brazil
 Bar au Chocolat - Bahia, Brazil 70%
  70% cacao  Bar au Chocolat
Cacao, cane sugar.
Our chocolate collection includes products that may contain dairy and tree nuts.
65g (2.3oz.), 180x75mm (7.1x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2013 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Mexico
 Bar au Chocolat - Chiapas, Mexico 70%
  70% cacao  Bar au Chocolat
Cacao, cane sugar.
Our chocolate collection includes products that may contain dairy and tree nuts.
65g (2.3oz.), 180x75mm (7.1x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2013 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Dominican Republic
 Bar au Chocolat - Durate Province, Dominican Republic 70%
  70% cacao  Bar au Chocolat
Cacao, cane sugar.
Our chocolate collection includes products that may contain dairy and tree nuts.
65g (2.3oz.), 180x75mm (7.1x3")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2013 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
origin = Madagascar
 Bar au Chocolat - Sambirano Valley, Madagascar 70%
  72% cacao  Bar au Chocolat
Cacao & cane sugar.
57g (2oz.), 172x70mm (6.8x2.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2017 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
Blackberry jam and toast profile.
origin = Costa Rica
 Bar au Chocolat - Turrialba, Cartago Province, Costa Rica 72%

Benoit Nihant     WEB SITE www.benoitnihant.be     Grid list of Benoit Nihant chocolate bars     Benoit Nihant wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  74% cacao  Benoit Nihant
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, soya, and milk.
50g (1.76oz.), 72x150mm (2.8x5.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from gift
 
The beans of the plantation Chuao in Venezuela are considered the best in the world. Their aromatic complexity and their rarity makes this chocolate an exceptional Cru.
variety = Criollo   origin = Venezuela
 Benoit Nihant - Venezuela Chuao 74%

Beschle     WEB SITE www.beschle.ch     Grid list of Beschle chocolate bars     Beschle wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  72% cacao  Beschle
Cocoa mass Arriba, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnuts, almonds, milk, gluten and soy.
100g (3.5oz.), 80x160mm (3.1x6.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2012 from gift
 
Fine single variety dark chocolate made of Grand Cru Nacional Arriba cocoa from Ecuador. Tart tasting with notes of coffee, liquorice and a fruity-flowery, slightly acidulous, edge.
variety = Arriba Nacional   origin = Ecuador
 Beschle - Arriba Ecuador 72%
  64% cacao  Beschle
Cocoa mass Java, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnuts, almonds, milk, gluten and soy.
100g (3.5oz.), 80x160mm (3.1x6.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2012 from gift
 
Fine single origin blended dark chocolate made of Grand Cru Criollo Java cocoa. A harmonious blend of strong bodied cocoa with distinct notes of coffee, fruit acid and sweet dried figs.
variety = Criollo   origin = Java
 Beschle - Criollo Java 64%
  88% cacao  Beschle
Cocoa mass Maracaibo, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of hazelnuts, almonds, milk, gluten and soy.
100g (3.5oz.), 80x160mm (3.1x6.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2012 from gift
 
Deep dark single variety chocolate made of Criollo Maracaibo, Venezuela cocoa. This fine, yet intense chocolate unveils the richness of the Grand Cru Criollo natural flavours.
variety = Criollo   origin = Venezuela
 Beschle - Criollo Venezuela 88%

Black Mountain Chocolate     WEB SITE www.blackmountainchocolate.com     Grid list of Black Mountain Chocolate chocolate bars     Black Mountain Chocolate wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Black Mountain Chocolate
Organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, roasted cocoa nibs, sunflower lecithin non-GMO (emulsifier).
63g (2.25oz.), 138x70mm (5.4x2.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Black Mountain Chocolate Company,  Black Mountain, NC
 
In the Southern Appalachians, this smooth dark chocolate is made from the bean following the handcrafted artisan tradition of the region. Cocoa nibs from the same beans used to make the chocolate add an exciting crunch to this bar.
 Black Mountain Chocolate - Cocoa Nib Bar

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  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar.
100g (3.53oz.), 162x75mm (6.4x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2009 from Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers,  Great Barrington, MA
 
Ce cacao de variété Porcelana est récolté au Pérou. Très proche du véritable Porcelana vénézuélien, il est sans doute arrivé dans cette région grâce aux échanges commerciaux des civilisations précolombiennes. Le chocolat élaboré avec ces fèves est non seulement une véritable rareté mais il apporte en plus des sensations gustatives rares tant elles sont complètes. Une très large palette de parfums et de goûts s'offrira à vous lors de sa dégustation allant des douceurs florales à la puissance des terres péruviennes.
origin = Peru
 Bonnat - Apotequil "Variété Porcelana"
  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar.
100g (3.5oz.), 153x75mm (6x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2007 from World Wide Chocolates,  Strafford, New Hampshire, USA.
 
A hearty cocoa taste, yet non-aggressive, a warm flavor with an Asian touch.
 Bonnat - Ceylan
  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar.
100g (3.5oz.), 153x77mm (6x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
origin = Venezuela
 Bonnat - Chuao Village
  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar.
100g (3.53oz.), 151x75mm (5.9x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2011 from Kiel, Germany,  Kiel, Germany
 
La Jamaïque est un pays producteur de cacao situé dans la mer des Antilles. Ce rare chocolat dont les fèves sont polies pour les rendre brillantes, vous fera découvrir les subtiles saveurs qui le composent, vous faisant voyager vers les régions ensoleillées et accueillantes de la Jamaïque. A la fois profonds et surprenants, les parfums et arômes de ce chocolat s'accordent avec délicatesse tout en évoluant vers des saveurs plus prononcées.
origin = Jamaica
 Bonnat - Jamaïque
  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar.
100g (3.5oz.), 152x75mm (6x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2011 from Chocosphere.com
 
Le cacao de Piura est de type Criollo à fèves blanches provenant directement de la vallée de l'Alto Piura au Pérou. Récolté en altitude sur les flancs de montagne par douze organisations de petits producteurs formant la communauté Quemazon, ce cacao offre un chocolat très clair aux saveurs légèrement acidulées et fruitées.
variety = Criollo   origin = Peru
 Bonnat - Piura Blanco
  75% cacao  Bonnat
Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, cane sugar.
100g (3.53oz.), 153x75mm (6x3")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2008 from Chocosphere.com
 Bonnat - Porcelana

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  72% cacao  Cacao Prieto
Organic single origin Dominican Criollo Cacao and Organic raw cane sugar.
Made in a facility that also processes nuts.
85g (3oz.), 154x80mm (6.1x3.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2015 from The Meadow,  Portland, OR
variety = Criollo   origin = Dominican Republic
 Cacao Prieto - Criollo Dominican Cacao 72%

Cacao Sampaka     WEB SITE www.cacaosampaka.com     Grid list of Cacao Sampaka chocolate bars     Cacao Sampaka wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Cacao Sampaka
Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin.
Product may contain traces of: tree nuts/peanuts, gluten & lactose.
100g (3.53oz.), 85x164mm (3.3x6.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2012 from Fog City News,  San Francisco, CA
 
The gentle acidity of the white criollo bean is followed by notes of raisin and prune. As the intensity lessens, note the aftertaste of tobacco and liquorice.
variety = Criollo   origin = Mexico
 Cacao Sampaka - La Joya Tabasco

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  72% cacao  Castronovo
Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 68x140mm (2.7x5.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This chocolate is made from cacao gown in the Amazon rainforest and collected by an indigenous community who live in the Guaniamo region of Venezuela. The region is believed to be the birthplace of cacao. The chocolate has a rich, creamy cocoa flavor and a sweet nutty finish.
origin = Venezuela
 Castronovo - Amazonas
  72% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 71x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2017 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
Along the foothills of the Maya Mountains in southern Belize, indigenous Mayans were the first to commercialize cacao and the tradition continues today. In the most ambitous [sic] cocoa cooperative project ever, Maya Mountain Cacao demonstrates that cultivating cacao within diversified agroforestry farms provides a sustainable alternative to slash-and-burn agriculture. The cooperative has raised family incomes and enabled greater school enrollment. The chocolate we make from their heirloom cocoa beans has bright tropical fruit flavors and a mild nuttiness.
origin = Belize
 Castronovo - Belize Maya Mountain Villages 72%
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 68x140mm (2.7x5.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2013 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This chocolate is made from Trinitario cacao cultivated by a cooperative of smallholder growers in the Palo Blancos region of Bolivia. The cacao has a rare genetic makeup, giving it distinct flavor notes. The chocolate has a fruitiness of cherries and a long lasting finish of roasted coffee.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Bolivia
 Castronovo - Bolivia
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2016 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
The Arauca region lies on the border of Colombia and Venezuela along the Arauca River basin. The region is rich in ecological resources, biodiversity and fertile floodplain soil where some of the best cacao in the country grows. Cacao is an important source of employment for female heads of households and can help in the recovery of peace to the region. The chocolate is full of depth with a sweet aroma and comforting flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, cream, and cashew.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Colombia
 Castronovo - Colombia Arauca 70%
  72% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
We discovered this rare cacao growing along the remote slopes of Colombia's Sierra Nevada coastal mountain range at high altitude. The cacao is a mix of cultivated and wild-grown criollo and trinitario varieties. It is harvested by the Arhuaco indigenous people. On a day-long journey, cacao is collected in jute sacks on the backs of mules. The chocolate has a distinct auburn color, bright fruity flavors of apricot, caramel and a delicate nuttiness.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Colombia
 Castronovo - Colombia Sierra Nevada 72%
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This batch of chocolate is made from Criollo and Trinitario cacao grown on the "Hacienda Elvesia", a plantation founded by Swiss emigrants 200 years ago. The plantation was established upon principles of sustainable agriculture which hold true today. The chocolate has a brightness of grapefruit and a long rich cocoa finish.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Dominican Republic
 Castronovo - Dominican Republic 70%
  50% cacao  Castronovo
Organic cocoa beans, organic cocoa butter, organic evaporated cane juice, whole milk powder.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, or soy.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This batch of Dominican Republic milk chocolate is made from Criollo and Trinitario cacao grown on the "Hacienda Elvesia", a plantation founded by Swiss emigrants 200 years ago. Having 50% cacao, this is a rich and creamy milk chocolate with toffee flavor notes.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Dominican Republic
 Castronovo - Dominican Republic Dark Milk 50%
  55% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter, whole milk.
Contains milk. Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten or soy.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 71x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2017 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
The front of the package claims 55% cacao, but the back description states 50%. Could be a hold-over from the previous text when the bar was 50% cacao.
 
With deep, fertile soils, optimal temperatures and plenty of rainfall, the Duarte province's lush valley is the terroir for some of the best cacao in the country. About 165 small farmers sell their cacao to a centralized fermentation and drying facility that takes exquisite care with its processes. Having 50% cacao, this is a rich and creamy milk chocolate with flavors of toffee, caramel and rich cocoa.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Dominican Republic
 Castronovo - Dominican Republic Dark Milk 55%
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten or soy.
62g (2.2oz.), 76x175mm (3x6.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2017 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
With deep, fertile soils, optimal temperatures and plenty of rainfall, the Duarte province's lush valley is the terroir for some of the best cacao in the country. About 165 small farmers sell their cacao to a centralized fermentation and drying facility that takes exquisite care with its processes. The cooperative is proud of its environmentally and socially responsible operations and boasts several organic certifications. The chocolate has a rich, classic, bright chocolate flavor with citrus flavors up front and a coffee finish.
origin = Dominican Republic
 Castronovo - Dominican Republic Duarte 70%
  72% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
Made in a facility that uses milk.
62g (2.2oz.), 77x175mm (3x6.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2020 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This is our tribute to the Lost City of a vanished ancient civilization, discovered within Honduras' biological preserve of virgin tropical rainforest. This heritage is threatened by deforestation with one key protector, the Pech indigenous people. They are just beginning to make a living from harvesting and fermenting wild cacao that has been growing in the jungle for centuries. The chocolate has exceptional nutty flavor notes of roasted almonds with a rich cocoa flavor that is not bitter. This chocolate bar is our homage to the timelessness of this place.
origin = Honduras
 Castronovo - Honduras The Lost City
  72% cacao  Castronovo
Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This batch of chocolate is made from Trinitario cacao grown in the volcanic soil of the Momotombo region in Nicaragua. The chocolate is deep, dark, rich and creamy with savory notes of roasted walnuts and some smokiness in the finish.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Nicaragua
 Castronovo - Nicaragua
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
Made in a facility that uses milk. Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten or soy.
62g (2.2oz.), 76x174mm (3x6.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2017 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
On the coast of Venezuela nestled high in the mountains lies a small village founded by runaway slaves. The name of their village, Patanemo, is derived from "paz tenemos" which means "we have peace." Venezuela is known for the best cacao in the world, having many cacao varieties with high Criollo content. Patanemo stands out for its complex comforting flavors of apricot, floral jasmine, cashew, coffee and caramel that evolve as it melts in your mouth leaving a long-lasting chocolate finish. This is a chocolate to savor sparingly.
origin = Venezuela
 Castronovo - Patanemo, Venezuela 70%
  70% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter.
Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, or milk.
62.4g (2.2oz.), 72x143mm (2.8x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2014 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
This chocolate is made from Criollo cacao cultivated in the northwestern Pacific coastal region of Tumbes, Peru. Criollo is an ancient bean that represents only 1% of world cacao production. The chocolate has an initial fruitiness of red berries that changes to a raisin finish.
variety = Criollo   origin = Peru
 Castronovo - Peru Tumbes 70%
  63% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, milk, cocoa butter.
Contains milk. Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten or soy.
62g (2.2oz.), 77x175mm (3x6.9")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2020 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 
At high altitudes this rare cacao grows along the remote slopes of Colombia's Sierra Nevada coastal mountains. Since there are no roads on the mountainous terrain, the wild cacao is harvested by the Arhuaco indigenous people and brought down the steep sloes on the backs of mules in jute sacks. The locals measure the journey not by distance but by how long it takes to smoke their "tobacco", a homemade cigar. The chocolate has a distinct auburn color with caramel, fruity and nutty flavors.
variety = Criollo and Trinitario   origin = Colombia
 Castronovo - Sierra Nevada, Colombia Dark Milk 63%
  60% cacao  Castronovo
Cocoa beans, cane sugar, milk, cocoa butter.
Contains milk. Contains no nuts, wheat, gluten or soy.
62g (2.2oz.), 77x175mm (3x6.9")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2020 from Castronovo Chocolate,  Stuart, FL
 

On the Pacific coast of Colombia along a river delta lies the remote region of Tumaco, an area inhabited by escaped slaves forming Colombia's largest Afro-Colombian community. The river shores are lined with mangrove and dense tropical forest. The region has a native cacao variety located far upstream and harvested in the wild.

Having deep chocolate flavors and mild bitterness, this dark milk chocolate has delicate citrus fruit, honey and floral flavors.

origin = Colombia
 Castronovo - Tumaco, Colombia Dark Milk 60%

Charm School Chocolate     WEB SITE www.charmschoolchocolate.com     Grid list of Charm School Chocolate chocolate bars     Charm School Chocolate wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Charm School Chocolate
Maya Mountain cacao, cane sugar.
Vegan. Handcrafted in a facility that also uses peanuts, tree nuts, soy & wheat.
60g (2.1oz.), 65x154mm (2.6x6.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2015 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
 
Reminiscent of plump raisins and chocolate sandwich cookies.
origin = Belize
 Charm School Chocolate - 70% Dark Belize

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  42% cacao  Chocolat Elot -- Girard
Cocoa, sugar cane, vanilla, lecithin.
100g (3.52oz.)
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2006 from Chocolat Élot,  Martinique
 Chocolat Elot -- Girard - Chocolat Elot

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  76% cacao  Chocolatour
Cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
May contain traces of milk and nuts.
90g (3.2oz.), 150x75mm (5.9x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2007 from Los Olivos Grocery,  Santa Ynez, CA
 
Made from a Trinitario variety that has pronounced Criollo character, this chocolate has a light flavor despite its high cocoa content. There are hints of banana in the aroma. Initial cocoa flavors transition to hints of banana and tropical fruit and cinnamon and then finishes with a tea-like aftertaste. Each vintage of Chocolatour is unique in its flavor profile. The overall flavor and the distinct flavor notes will continue to develop with time. Even with aging, this chocolate will always be intense.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Tanzania
 Chocolatour - Tanzania 2005

Chocolopolis     WEB SITE www.chocolopolis.com     Grid list of Chocolopolis chocolate bars     Chocolopolis wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  80% cacao  Chocolopolis
Dark chocolate (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla extract).
Contains soy.
50g (1.75oz.), 55x138mm (2.2x5.4")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2015 from Chocolopolis,  Seattle, WA
 
Our own blend of chocolate made with cacao from Madagascar. Classic red fruit & citrus notes.
origin = Madagascar
 Chocolopolis - Madagascar House Blend

Chuao     WEB SITE www.chuaochocolatier.com     Grid list of Chuao chocolate bars     Chuao wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  77% cacao  Chuao
Premium dark chocolate (77% cacao, cacao butter, sugar. Non-GMO ingredients.
Manufactured in a facility that uses tree nuts, milk and wheat in other products.
80g (2.8oz.), 86x186mm (3.4x7.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =     5     
Purchased in 2011 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
Our Origins bar reflects the pure and timeless cacao traditions of its source. Made exclusively from the rare Cacao de Chuao, cultivated in the secluded valley of Chuao in Venezuela since the 16th century, Origins provides an unparalleled chocolate experience. Crafted without vanilla or soy lecithin, it offers bright acidity, a pure yet complex profile of dark red fruit, and a smooth textural finish. Experience the family tradition and brand heritage of Chuao Chocolatier and discover -- The True Taste of Chocolate.™
origin = Venezuela
 Chuao - Chuao Origins 77%

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  80% cacao  Claudio Corallo
Cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter.
100g (3.53oz.), 60x140mm (2.4x5.5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2008 from Chocosphere.com
origin = São Tomé
 Claudio Corallo - 80%
  80% cacao  Claudio Corallo
Cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter.
160g (5.64oz.), 120x70mm (4.7x2.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2010 from gift
 
Packaged in a box, about 3cm high.
origin = São Tomé
 Claudio Corallo - Sablé 80% Napolitains
  70% cacao  Claudio Corallo
Cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter.
100g (3.53oz.), 60x150mm (2.4x5.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2008 from The Meadow,  Portland, OR
origin = São Tomé
 Claudio Corallo - Soft 70% With Nibs

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  73% cacao  Cocanú
Cacao and sugar.
28.35g (1oz.), 85x85mm (3.3x3.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2015 from The Meadow,  Portland, OR
 
Featuring 73% cacao cultivated at the Camino Verde orchard in Balao, Ecuador. A fine cacao with flavor nuances of honeysuckle, walnut and guava.
origin = Ecuador
 Cocanú - Cloudforest Balao / Ecuador
  71% cacao  Cocanú
Cacao, sugar, vanilla.
25g (0.88oz.), 75x75mm (3x3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2011 from Cacao,  Portland, OR
 
Couverture 1 by Max Felchlin (Schwyz)
Couverture 2 by Michel Cluizel (Paris)
Blended by Cocanú (Portland)
 
A dark chocolate bar blending Trinitario cacaos from the Dominican Republic, and the island of Sao Tomé. This blend yields flavor notes ranging from ripe orange and caramel to mild game and smoked nuts.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Dominican Republic & São Tomé
 Cocanú - Helvetic 71%

Coppeneur     WEB SITE www.coppeneurchocolate.com     Grid list of Coppeneur chocolate bars     Coppeneur wrappers   Top of page Bottom of page

  70% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa mass, cane sugar.
May contain traces of lactose.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x128mm (3.3x5")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2010 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
Flavor builds slowly, then becomes powerful.
origin = Venezuela
 Coppeneur - Chuao
  70% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 86x130mm (3.4x5.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2011 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
variety = Trinitario   origin = Madagascar
 Coppeneur - Cru de Cao République de Madagascar 70%
  72% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x130mm (3.3x5.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2008 from Chocolate Museum Cologne,  Cologne (Köln), Germany
 
Slightly sour, fruity and bitter, flowery and roasted nut overtones.
variety = Arriba   origin = Ecuador
 Coppeneur - Hacienda Iara
  72% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x130mm (3.3x5.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2008 from Chocolate Museum Cologne,  Cologne (Köln), Germany
 
Flavours of sweet rum and fresh dairy are common. Accents of peach and light notes of cedarwood and juniper.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Jamaica
 Coppeneur - Jamaica
  72% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x148mm (3.3x5.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2010 from Chocolate Museum Cologne,  Cologne (Köln), Germany
 
Superior Trinitario cocoa from the Plantation Menavava. With aromatic notes of spices and wood berries.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Madagascar
 Coppeneur - Manavava
  72% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x128mm (3.3x5")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2010 from Chocolate Museum Cologne,  Cologne (Köln), Germany
 
Rare Criollo cocoa bean from the sub-type Ocumare 61 from the Ocumare valley. Mildly spicy, slight peaty aroma with flavour overtones of almonds and cherries.
variety = Criollo   origin = Venezuela
 Coppeneur - Ocumare
  72% cacao  Coppeneur
Cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
May contain traces of nuts, lactose and gluten.
50g (1.76oz.), 85x130mm (3.3x5.1")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2008 from Chocolate Museum Cologne,  Cologne (Köln), Germany
 
Light overtones of spices and fresh notes of red fruits. Light flavours of tabaco leafs [sic].
variety = Trinitario   origin = New Guinea
 Coppeneur - Tabuna

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  73% cacao  Creo Chocolate
Cacao beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (made in our factory).
Vegan friendly. Contains no dairy, gluten, soy or eggs. Made in a facility that handles tree nuts, gluten, dairy and eggs.
50g (1.75oz.), 81x160mm (3.2x6.3")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =       7   
Purchased in 2017 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
Some flavors you might taste, unique to this cacao bean: rich, mellow chocolate with floral notes reminisce of lavender and fresh fruit.
origin = Ecuador
 Creo Chocolate - The Washu Project Tesoro Escondido, Ecuador 73%

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  68% cacao  Dagoba
Cacao beans, sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier).
May contain milk proteins, nuts and soy.
57g (2oz.), 57x127mm (2.2x5")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2006 from Isla Vista Food Co-Op,  Isla Vista, CA
 
The Los Rios region of Ecuador produces exceptional cacao, often referred to as Arriba (up river). The once mighty national strain, Arriba Nacional, is now on the verge of extinction. Together with a small group of farmers, we are working to revive Nacional. The flavor of this chocolate has upfront cacao, bouquet of fruit blossom and a lingering floral aura.
origin = Ecuador
 Dagoba - Los Rios
  65% cacao  Dagoba
Cacao beans, sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier).
May contain milk proteins, nuts and soy. Gluten-free.
57g (2oz.), 55x125mm (2.2x4.9")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2007 from El Rancho Marketplace,  Solvang, CA
 
Madagascar's Sambirano region is known for rare, exceptional cacao. These veritable jewels offer a light, complex flavor with distinct citrus notes, expressing the terroir of the biodiverse valley that nurtures them. Sustainable farming methods preserve Madagascar's disappearing subhumid forests and the habitat they provide for species unique to the area.
variety = Trinitario   origin = Madagascar
 Dagoba - Sambirano

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  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 68x145mm (2.7x5.7")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Dandelion Chocolate,  San Francisco, CA
 
We made this bar with a new harvest of beans from Bertil's farm in Madagascar. After Cam and Alice visited last fall, we brought in a full container of beans and are thrilled with the result. This time, we find notes of strawberry and citrus with an almond-caramel finish.
origin = Madagascar
 Dandelion - Ambanja, Madagascar 70% Feb. 2012 Harvest
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans and cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 66x145mm (2.6x5.7")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2017 from Chocolate Maya,  Santa Barbara, CA
 
These beans were grown along the steep hillsides of the Alta Verapaz region in Guatemala. Cody was excited to find an enormous punch of flavor to match their size. In this batch, we taste rich chocolate cookies with hints of walnut and a liquid caramel finish.
origin = Guatemala
 Dandelion - Cahabón, Guatemala 70%
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans and organic cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 65x143mm (2.6x5.6")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2019 from Dandelion Chocolate,  San Francisco, CA
 
The beans for this bar come from Freddy Salazar's estate near Ecuador's northern coast. Eric visited the farm in 2016, and admires the commitment to quality he saw from harvest to drying. In this bar, we taste fudge brownies with cherry undertones and a hint of toasted nuts.
origin = Ecuador
 Dandelion - Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador 70%
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 68x148mm (2.7x5.8")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2012 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
We recently met Jo Locandro and were excited to play with some of his beans from the "Swiss Farm" in the Dominican Republic. We taste notes of dried plums and tannic wine, ending with a roasty finish.
origin = Dominican Republic
 Dandelion - Elvesia, Dominican Republic 70% 2011 Harvest
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 68x145mm (2.7x5.7")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2014 from Dandelion Chocolate,  San Francisco, CA
 
These beans come from the Markham Valley of Papua New Guinea, which is on the North side of the island. Minda was excited to work with beans with such overwhelming flavors and complexity. This bar doesn't have the smokiness of our last PNG bar, but instead has its own unique tart notes of pomegranate and raisin, with a subtle hint of tobacco.
origin = New Guinea
 Dandelion - Markham, Papua New Guinea
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 70x145mm (2.8x5.7")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2012 from Fog City News,  San Francisco, CA
 
The Ocumare is a complex bean, so you will want to let this one melt slowly. If you do, you'll be rewarded with an aromatic bouquet, followed by a clean chocolate flavor, ending with a collection of spices, possibly cinnamon or cardamom.
origin = Venezuela
 Dandelion - Ocumare, Venezuela 70% 2011 Harvest
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 67x145mm (2.6x5.7")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =        8  
Purchased in 2014 from The Chocolate Garage,  Palo Alto, CA
 
We roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans. Then we mold and package each of our bars by hand. By sourcing high-quality cacao and carefully crafting tiny batches of chocolate, we can bring out the individual nuances of each bean.

We're excited to share this bar as it shook our perception of what chocolate could taste like. The bean's natural jamminess combines with the smoky flavor from Papua New Guinea's technique of fire-drying to give it a bold, Southeastern-style barbecue tang. Its fruity notes give way to an earthy, leathery finish.

origin = New Guinea
 Dandelion - Papua New Guinea
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 68x145mm (2.7x5.7")
Vic's rating =         9  yum
Deb's rating =         9  yum
Purchased in 2013 from Dandelion Chocolate,  San Francisco, CA
 
Hand-harvested on a mountaintop and carried down by the farmers, these beans have been loved at every step. Greg and Caitlin just returned from a visit to the farm and are proud to report that the farmers are huge fans of Erica's first batch. This rich chocolate bar has a roasty flavor reminiscent of peanuts.
origin = Venezuela
 Dandelion - Patanemo, Venezuela 70% 2012 Harvest
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 67x147mm (2.6x5.8")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2012 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
From the very first taste tests, these Rio Caribe beans have been easy to love. They have a deep, chocolately flavor with malty notes and a well-rounded finish. Caitlin, our production manager, is excited to share her first official batch with you.
origin = Venezuela
 Dandelion - Rio Caribe, Venezuela 70% 2012 Harvest
  70% cacao  Dandelion
Cocoa beans & cane sugar.
Contains no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy.
56g (2oz.), 70x146mm (2.8x5.7")
Vic's rating =          10 yum
Deb's rating =          10 yum
Purchased in 2011 from Chocolate Covered,  San Francisco, CA
 
We made this bar from our third set of beans from the Akesson plantation in Madagascar. It has a bold, ripe flavor with a pleasant sourness. Like our other Madagascar batches, it has some wonderful red fruit notes. This time, we noticed strawberries and cherries.
origin = Madagascar
 Dandelion - Sambirano, Madagascar 70% June 2011 Harvest

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