The package says “A dark milk chocolate with a coffee crunch.” I’ve heard this oxymoron before – “dark milk chocolate,” and always found it a bit perplexing. Is this a dark chocolate or a milk chocolate and why can’t it make up its mind? Well it contains milk, so by definition, it’s simply milk chocolate. Some chocolate makers like to say “dark milk chocolate” to highlight the high 44% cocoa content compared to, say, a cheap, commonplace milk chocolate bar you might find at the pharmacy.
This is no commonplace bar. Madecasse has created a blend of cacao nibs and chocolate, both from Madagascan trees and tossed in some shade grown coffee from the mountains of Madagascar. Unexpected, yes, but how does it taste?
TASTING single-origin Madagascar CHOCOLATE
WHAT: Madecasse Arabica Coffee Milk Chocolate. 44% Cacao. 25 g mini bar. Ingredients: Sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa beans, cocoa butter, Arabica coffee, soy lecithin, vanilla powder, sea salt.
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WHEN: June 21, 2012 OVERALL RATING: 78.
AROMA: Coffee dominates the nose with a fresh percolated scent. Behind it is some oak and molasses.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Coffee and wine.
MIDDLE TASTE: The coffee is still there along with molasses, butter, and orange cream-sickle.
FINISH: The two-part finish starts with smooth coffee milk and ends with nuts, celery and light wood.
TEXTURE: The nibs add a lot of crunch, of course, but they seem to be ground finer than in most nib bars.
LAST BITE: I think it was a good call for Madecasse to choose milk chocolate for this bar so that the chocolate and coffee don’t compete too much. Ironically, I think this bar in search of an identity will win over more dark chocolate lovers than milk chocolate lovers. It’s sort of like dropping a shot of whiskey into your glass of iced rose and pretending it’s a refreshing summertime cooler. It’s not. This bar has some strong and complex flavors – a good thing. Have fun with it. For me, I’d rather go with a real dark chocolate, so I’ll take the Sea Salt and Nibs Dark Chocolate bar any day as my favorite from Madecasse.
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Notes: I paid for this chocolate myself.