Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Hachez Cocoa D'Arriba Erdbeer mit Pfeffer

This bar from the German chocolatier Hachez features cocoa beans from Ecuador, and has a cacao content of 77%. The flavour profile, apart from the chocolate, comes from dried strawberries and green pepper; an odd combination, to say the least. The ingredient listing looks otherwise good, cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, strawberries (1.5%), natural flavourings, green pepper and Bourbon vanilla. Going to their website, they have an interesting and informative section on Wild Cocoa (in German), on their search for excellent cacao in the Amazon.

How does it taste? The smell of strawberries came out first when I opened the package, a good smell. The chocolate snapped well and looked good and dark. The taste of the chocolate was not so good, I found it a little chalky, and the green pepper at times was more dominant than the strawberries, almost overwhelming the taste of the fruit (unless you're used to spice, in which case you may find the strawberry more dominant and the bar sweet). I don't know that I would like to eat this one again, but it was not that bad, that I would not try any of their other offerings.

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