When a brand like Amedei gets so much press for its most famous chocolates such as Amedei 9 and Amedei Chuao, it’s easy to forget that there is so much more to their offering. Sure, they have earned a staggering number of awards from the London Academy of Chocolate for well-known chocolates such as Toscano Black, Toscano Brown, Cru Madagascar, and Chuao just to name a few. The top honor this year, the “Golden Bean” award was shared by Amedei 9 and a bar by the British chocolatier, Duffy’s.
Today I’d like to taste a lesser-know Amedei bar, but one that still earned a silver for “Best Flavoured Dark Bar.” Amedei Toscano Red is a blend of 70% dark chocolate and dried fruits: cherries, strawberries and raspberries.
WHAT: Amedei Toscano Red Dark Chocolate. 70% Cacao. 50 g (1.8 oz). Ingredients: cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, dried fruit (10% strawberry, cherry, raspberry) vanilla. Where to buy Amedei Toscano Red Dark Chocolate.
WHEN: October 9, 2011
OVERALL RATING: 85.
AROMA: Wine (Merlot, Zinfandel), berries, buttered bread.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Strawberry.
MIDDLE TASTE: The mix of fruit comes through loud and clear. Tart cherries contrast with warm chocolate notes. The fruit dominates over the chocolate in the middle.
FINISH: The chocolate flavor comes back around here, but not until the raspberry flavor rises up again, then fades into cocoa. There’s a nice soft finish if not a bit subdued on the chocolate end.
TEXTURE: Loaded with a generous heaping of chopped dried fruit, it’s a satisfying crispy blend.
LAST BITE: I guess one reason this bar won the award is the generous portion of fruit loaded into the bar – a whopping 10%! It’s as if Amedei wants to be sure you don’t miss out on the main point of making a flavored bar. For me, I’d like to see more chocolate flavor come through, but I also get it — that the chocolate can’t overwhelm the fruit. So, could this be just the right balance of chocolate and fruit? That’s a matter of taste and an question worth answering if you want to go just slightly off the beaten path.
 I paid for this bar myself.