Monthly Archives: November 2007

Pralus Colombie 75%

Pralus_colombie

The Pralus Colombie is a 75% chocolate bar made in France.  From what I understand from looking at their website, Pralus owns it’s own plantation and grows their beans there in Madagascar.  So while the name is Colombie — this implies that the plants come from Columbia but are grown in Madagascar.  Another page says they import beans from around the world.  At any rate, this chocolate is made from Trintario beans. 

I tried this bar with my 7 year old daughter and she said she liked it, so I would say this is a mild dark chocolate.  In fact, I found that it was too mild for me — I wanted something richer and more assertive.  There is a bit of bitterness reminiscent of coffee at the end, but mostly it tastes bright but meek and leaves a slightly dry feeling in the mouth.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee

Endangered_species_dark_toffee

When I picked up the Endangered Species Milk Chocolate with Coconut & Macadamia Nuts I also picked up an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee bar. I’m not sure what I was expecting — at 70% cocoa, this would have to be somewhat intense but I figured the toffee would be very sweet — offsetting any bitterness in the chocolate. Surprisingly, the chocolate is not at all bitter, but rather fudgy. The mouthfeel is exceptionally thick and smooth. It’s quite different from what I expected. The toffee is overpowered by the intensity of the chocolate, but I like the subtle crunch. I just wish I tasted it a bit more — maybe if it was a bit more salty or nutty.

Overall I was very impressed by this bar — it is much more sophisticated than I expected it would be. Another winner from Endangered Species.