Saturday, September 29, 2007

Vivani Edel Bitter Ecuador

I wanted to like this chocolate bar, as it contained beans from Ecuador, with which I had enjoyed a number of bars. But this particular chocolate perhaps proves the old adage that 'you can make bad chocolate out of good beans, but you can't make good chocolate out of bad beans'. Right from opening the package, the smell of the chocolate was just not there, and it looked like it had not been tempered properly, the bar did not look like good chocolate, certainly the bottom of it gave evidence of poorly mixed ingredients. Perhaps this was just a bad bar, one that got past quality control, the other one that I ate of there's, the Green Tea, was better tasting, if a little too green-tea-y, and certainly the ingredient listing is good, with a cacao content of 70%, made of Arriba beans from the rain forests of Ecuador, and an ingredient listing of cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter and cocoa powder, but I would certainly be reluctant to pay the premium price, $4.85, again just to try and see if it was a mistake.

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