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Bittersweet

10 Jan

Welcome to another edition of what tastes better!

January 10th is bittersweet chocolate day, and how appropriate to have a what tastes better when you have to choose between two delicious chocolates!

Today I tasted 2 chocolates made by Artisan du Chocolat.  One made with cocoa sourced from Haiti and the other from Panama.  Both chocolates are 72% Cocoa which technically puts them too high on the cocoa level to qualify for bittersweet chocolate day…..but I liked it so were gonna go with it anyway!

” ‘Bittersweet chocolate’ is chocolate liquor (or unsweetened chocolate) to which some sugar (less than a third), more cocoa butter, vanilla and sometimes lecithin has been added. It has less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate, but the two are interchangeable when baking. Bittersweet and semisweet chocolates are sometimes referred to as ‘couverture’. Many brands now print on the package the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate (as chocolate liquor and added cocoa butter). The higher the percentage of cocoa, the less sweet the chocolate is.” -Wikipedia (Types of Chocolate)

On to the comparison!

Due to a simple packaging error, Haiti was given the opportunity to be tasted first as to me, the lines should be facing upwards when I open the box.

The aroma of the Haitian chocolate has (for me) strong coffee notes and for some reason after taking a good wiff I wanted a pretzel.

The Panamanian chocolate’s aroma is a bit more intense with mild coffee notes giving way to tobacco and toasted almonds.

 

The Haitian chocolate broke quite evenly and had a much creamier texture than that of the one from Panama.

Where the Haitian chocolate melted in your mouth and covered your palate with a long finish, the Panamanian chocolate was crunchy until the last bite and left your palate feeling clean and refreshed relatively quickly.

 

The champion…..Panamanian chocolate!!!  Happy bittersweet chocolate day.

Who’s your bittersweet champ?

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2 Comments

Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Dessert, food, Photography, Product Review

 

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2 responses to “Bittersweet

  1. Christina Loredo

    January 11, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Keep ’em coming! I sampled some (milk) chocolate from Colombia today. Sorry I didn’t honor Bittersweet month, but it WAS chocolate : )

     
    • John T. Osorio

      January 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Milk chocolate is totally acceptable as I went too dark so with your milk chocolate we’ve reached bittersweet in the middle I’m sure 🙂

       

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