January 2015 Bean to Bar Chocolate Tastings {Review – Cocoa Runners Parcel}

Yep that’s right, a post about amazing chocolate I received from Cocoa Runners back in January. Yes I am a bad blogger. Especially as there were four new fantastic bars to tuck into. A parcel arranged to introduce a new maker as well as bars picked to bring out some winter sun, which based on our current weather, the bars are still very appropriate.

Firstly the new maker on the scene – Chocolarder Using single estate family run plantations in Venezuela, Java, Madagascar, Peru and Dominican Republic beans to produce clean and very special bean to bar bars. Based in Cornwall they also carefully select local ingredients to include in their bars such as Cornish Honeycomb and wild gorse flowers which are handpicked from around Cornwall’s coast and steeped in cocoa butter for several weeks to impart their heady scent. I had their Peruvian Dark to try out in my parcel. A lovely warming bar with a slight honey note at the back. Not the smoothest bar but I enjoy the mouthfeel as it helps develop and round the intensity of the bar. A beautiful bar and can’t wait to try some of their other bars soon. IMG_6998 IMG_7000

Akesson’s Bali Sukrama Farms 45% with Fleur De Sel and Coconut Blossom Sugar may be one of my new favourite bars. Unusually made from cocoa from Bali and with coconut blossom sugar, which was a new ingredient for me. Made with natural sugar produced from the juice of coconut blossom, harvested by gently slicing the flower. Once collected, the nectars are kettle-boiled into a thick caramel and ground to a fine crystal. This sugar has one of the lowest glycemic index (3 times less than cane sugar). A dreamy bar with an intense caramel flavour which makes you look at the ingredient to see where the caramel is coming from. Flakes of the fleur de sel breaks up the caramelised flavour but takes it to the next level with the sweetness from the coconut blossom sugar. Truly interesting bar to experience and one I hope to repeat often!IMG_7001 IMG_7002

Talk about Winter Sun- Madécasse Winter Spice – Wow Christmas is back! Warming ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, combined with the rich fruity notes from the chocolate makes for a lovely bar. This bar would make for a wonderful festive hot chocolate on the those cold nights. IMG_7003 IMG_7004

Lastly, Chocolaterie Robert Madagascar Dark 70% – Toasty notes with a fruity and hazelnut flavour which just makes you glad that they have shared this great bar which was only up until recently available on Madagascar only. Such depth and characterful making this a powerful and punchy bar to enjoy.   IMG_7005 IMG_7006

I have another two parcels to catch up on and will have them posted in the next couple of weeks as they include some more exciting bars to share with you!

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