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

Like I mentioned in my last Cocoa Runners Parcel post that I had be a little bit late in posting my parcel write up, which is a great shame as it means that I’m behind on tucking in to and sharing with you the tasty treasures in my November parcel when we are a week in to December.

This months bars are from Asia and Africa and how ‘direct’ trade in cocoa drives great environmental and social impact. Which you can agree is pretty important when enjoying a good quality bar of delicious chocolate. Also this month Cocoa Runners have updated their packaging so it’s even more of a sexy treat coming through your letter box each month. They also have a fantastic selection of Christmas parcels so you can treat your loved ones to the magic of bean to bar chocolate.


The first bar in my parcel this month is Malagos 65% Dark chocolate. Davao in southern Philippines have been growing the cocoa tress in the traditional methods, using single origin beans, whilst supporting local farmers. This is a very smooth bar, I was getting hints of black cherry and vanilla, almost like a Black Forrest Gateau in bar form. A delicious bar to nibble on.

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Another bar from the Philippines, Askinosie 77% Dark Chocolate.  Shawn Askinosie was a criminal defense lawyer for 20 years before changing to produce chocolate bars, that are made with beans bought from farmers through fairness, respect and dignity. This bar packs a punch more than the Malagos with a dried fruit and tart flavour which would go beautifully with a bitter espresso to get you going in the mornings.


I have had a few bars from Parlus in the past from other Cocoa Runners parcel and I remember that I was in love with their bars. The beans come from their own plantation in Madagascar which means they can carefully control the quality of the beans from start to finish. The Melissa Milk 45% chocolate is super smooth and more mellow than the Philippines bars, a deep caramel flavour that makes this bar incredibly moorish. In fact the bar didn’t last one day of my commute to work. Oops!


Lastly from Madecasse, who are committed to helping the local economy in Madagascar, this means the bars are produced in a factory in the capital city too.  This bar contains Combava which to be honest I had never heard of before. It’s a local Madagascar fruit similar to a lime. So paired with the fruity heat from the pink peppercorns this bar is a tropical dream. A fresh, smooth bar which is a joy to eat, that will remind you of far off warmer lands when the weather is far colder here.


I can’t wait for my Christmas Cocoa Runners Parcel and wonder what it will contain. I’m sure I don’t have long to wait!

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1 Comment

  1. 3 August, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I really liked the lawyers-to-chocolate-maker story, resonates a lot 🙂

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