USA, Peru, 100%
The best thing about 100% cacao chocolate is that you don’t have to share it with children or philistines. Just kidding! The best thing about it really is the way it communicates the quality of the bean and the craft of the maker. There is no hiding behind sugar. For it to be enjoyable as a tasting chocolate (as opposed to a baking chocolate), it really has to hit its marks. Fresco’s 100% Pure Nacional bar hits its marks. This bar knocked my socks off. Seriously, I’m not wearing any socks right now. Where do I even start in describing this bad boy? It is a small bar, but a little does go a long way with bars this pure. The color was a dark brown with red tones and it was velvet to the touch. The thin bar snapped with a woody thump before I popped a piece in my mouth. I really wasn’t expecting the melt to be so smooth. Holy smokes!
On texture alone, I would rate this as one of the finest craft bars I’ve ever had. That long conche really did the trick. The taste was almost as surprising as the texture. The bar smells intensely floral, like roses. Right off the bat, those floral notes hit your tastebuds but then things take a turn for the buttery. This is going to sound nutty but I tasted Werther’s Originals (minus the sweetness). Then, just when I thought it was done…rosemary. It’s bars like this that make chocolate tasting so fun, so many surprises. I know that this bar might be too intense for some, but I have to give this my highest rating because I feel it is a shining example in it’s category. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to anyone willing to go all the way dark.
Jasmine co-founded Chocolate Codex as a way to share her enthusiasm for chocolate. She has a certificate in Chocolate making from Ecole Chocolat and she runs a foodblog called The Blenderist.