Amedei Toscano Red Dark Chocolate Review

Amedei Toscano Red Dark Chocolate

Amedei packs a generous amount of dried fruit into this dark chocolate

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.

Amedei Toscano Red dark chocolate with cherries, raspberries and strawberries

Amedei Toscano Red Dark Chocolate

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.

Notes:

[1] I paid for this bar myself.

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