April 2014 Bean to Bar Tastings {Review – Cocoa Runners Parcel}

It’s not every day you open your post to the word intensity is in bold letters. That’s the joy of my monthly Cocoa Runners parcel for you. When it comes to cocoa solids content sometimes it’s just a number. I found out from this months selection that just because a bar has a 100% or 80% cocoa solid content that they aren’t any less creamy than a milk chocolate bar. My mind has been blown by this months selection. Check out below the ultra sexy bars I had in my parcel that changed my mind so much….

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Grenada Chocolate Company Nib-a-licious. This 60% dark chocolate bar from The Grenada Chocolate Company is studded with nibs that give it a wonderful intensity and delicious crunch. Made at source on the island of Grenada in a solar powered factory, and shipped to Europe by sailing boat, you won’t find a more ethically sound chocolate maker. The nibs add nuggets of extra cocoa punch amongst the ultra creamy smooth milk chocolate. A beautiful bar to nibble on, with even hints of tropical fruit.

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Second chocolate to try was the Fruition Dark Milk Chocolate With Fleur De Sel, a small bean to bar based in Catskill Mountains of New York.  It’s a 66% dark milk chocolate made from fine Peruvian cocoa beans and enhanced by a touch of sea salt. The intensity comes from the floral salt that then blends away to level of a deep creamy milk chocolate that isn’t lacking a punch that most milk chocolates do. A new favourite to add to the list.

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Madecasse 80% Cocoa. They set about producing chocolate on Madagascar to help the local economy. Partnering with local cocoa farmers and a factory in the capital Antananarivo, they produce chocolate that has around four times the benefit of Fair Trade. An intense fruity note with a slight pepper hint. Slightly coarser than the other two bars but equally pleasing.

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Hailing from the sexy French Pralus Le 100% is like no chocolate I’ve ever tried before. With no added sugar or other ingredients than 100% cocoa beans and coca butter it should be mouth puckering bitter and dry. But this chunky bar is completely different, a slight oaty aroma, by allowing the square to melt over your tongue you are hit with an overwhelming creaminess, like swallowing pure silk. With hints of sweetness coming from the beans alone, a true revelation. Poor 100% cocoa solid bars have been getting a bad reputation. This bar could rival a milk chocolate on the scale of creamy chocolate.

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A fantastic selection this month, with plenty of new favourites to return to again and again. I can’t wait for next month which will be Award Winners. No room for losers when it comes to my Cocoa Runner Parcel!

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