A few weeks ago I presented you with information about Vintage Plantations Chocolate. They sent me their entire line to sample, so even I couldn’t do it over a short period of time. I had to spread the tastings out. Needless to say, all of their chocolate bars were outstanding! The box of dark chocolate covered cocoa nibs that I reported as being divine are still in abundance. You only need a few to satisfy the chocolate urge.
Some more tidbits about Vintage Plantations Chocolate before we start. They now make truffles too! Make sure you are willing to share though. One box has 72 pieces at $81. Personally, I’d go for the assortment. You really need to try them all. They also offer the box of 72 in a chocolate hearts variety. These would be great for not only Valentine’s day, but for engagement parties, rehearsal dinner gifts, wedding favors and for the sweets table at the wedding. Pierrick must know something about love too! Also note, for Valentine’s day they offer more options.
Cute other new additions are the Chocolate Frogs. The kids will love them! They come in dark, white or milk chocolate and you get 24 for $41. For those of you that use cocoa for baking or drinking, don’t forget to check out their cocoa products. They have a variety of baking chocolates and cocoa butter too.
On our agenda today are the following Vintage Plantations chocolate bars: Chocolate Latte Mocha, 65% Dark Chocolate, 75% Dark Chocolate with Shredded Coconut, 75% Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts and the 100% Dark Chocolate. Don’t forget that all of Vintage Plantations Chocolate products all come from Ecuador and are Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Vintage Plantations Chocolate Latte Mocha: This bar is 38% milk chocolate. Ingredients-cocoa, ground espresso coffee, cane sugar, whole milk powder, soy lecithin and instant coffee. You could smell the richness of the coffee, chocolate and milk as soon as the wrapper was opened. I felt like I was in a coffeehouse. I was expecting a lighter colored bar when I opened this one up because of the milk, but the color was pretty dark for a milk chocolate bar. This bar has an incredible blend of tastes. Not one over powers the other. The balance is nice and the flavor lingers on the palate for quite awhile. Quite nice.
The 65% Dark chocolate bar pleasantly surprised me. As my palate for chocolate has developed, I have found it hard to eat anything between 45-70%. It’s odd. I know. It seems my taste buds like it extreme. Either give me lots of milk and sugar, or give me chocolate with just a few specks of sugar. This 65% bar was dark, not sweet and incredibly smooth. The chocolate was a nice dark reddish purple brown. Beautiful. Nice sharp snap. Only has pure cocoa mass, raw sugar cane and soy lecithin. When you open the wrapper, you get a burst of cocoa and floral scent. Intoxicating. The taste is exceptionally floral with a bit of a nuttiness at the end. Smooth mouth feel and nice long finish.
I’m going to do the 75% Dark Macadamia Nuts and Shredded Coconut together. These bars are identical except for their additions. They both have cocoa mass and raw cane sugar. The Macadamia Nuts have the nuts, of course, and salt. The coconut only coconut. For me, it’s difficult to do a tasting with bars having ingredients added. I think my taste buds get confused. Maybe it’s all the spicy food I eat and I don’t have many to work with! As with the 65% bar, the notes are the same. The surprise was the coconut. It doesn’t saw the coconut is raw, but I felt that it was. It was nice and light, not overpowering. The Macadamia Nuts were plentiful and not crushed up. I like to know it really is macadamia nuts that I’m eating! It was!
Now for my favorite. It’s my first 100% Dark Chocolate bar. I’ve had 99%, but 100%! I took a photo, but it doesn’t do the color justice. This bar is not for the beginner. Compared to other 99% bars that I had tasted, this one had only a light bitterness to it rather than most of them I felt were both dry and extremely bitter. It’s an acquired taste. Maybe it’s the Arriba beans. The color is gorgeous – almost a burnt red brown. Nice heavy snap. Floral notes bombarding your nose. It takes a long time to melt on your tongue, but well worth the wait. The chocolate starts with floral note and finishes with a strong, but not too strong note of nuts and a nice roasted flavor. The finish stayed with me for hours. Literary. I didn’t want to drink anything to remove the ecstasy my taste buds were experiencing. I think they’re still made at me! Ingredients? Pure cocoa mass. This is what chocolate tasting is all about. Give it a try. Don’t be shy. Make sure you don’t eat more than a few squares at a time. Appreciate the bar over a period of time. Mine lasted for two weeks.
Well, it took awhile, but we’re finally done with Vintage Plantations Chocolate. If you have any questions for me or for them, let us know. They are a great bunch. I am too!