Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Bonnat Chuao

Lindy's Rating: 10.0 (previously ****)
Richard's Rating: 9.5 (previously ***)

chocolate makerBonnat
cacao trees(unknown)
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids75%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A

colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1015 Bracken
texturesmooth with text imprint and scoring
aromaearthy (musty, soil), roast, hint of molasses and allspice
tasteroast (smoky), blueberry, strawberry
meltless smooth
finishfaintly fruity
Bonnat is a fourth-generation family chocolate maker in Voiron, France. In additional to many truffles and mixed chocolates, they make several pure regional chocolate bars, including this Chuao. The family motto is "What is good to the taste is great for the soul."

As with the other Chuao bars we've reviewed, the Bonnat Chuao had the same PANTONE 19-1015 Bracken coloration, perhaps with a hint of Mustang (PANTONE 19-1217). It was a slightly darker brown (as with the Amano, and in contrast with the medium brown of the Amedei or Coppeneur).

The aroma of this bar was quite complex, with a predominantly earthy scent of soil and mustiness. I also smelled something roasted, but couldn't identify anything more specific. We also found hints of many other aromas: sweet, allspice, molasses, and berry.

This chocolate had an initial roast flavor, that was clearly smoky to me, but Lindy experienced it simply as roast. The melt was less smooth, again similar to the Amano and nothing like the lovely creaminess of the Amedei or Coppeneur Chuaos. As the chocolate melted, two berry flavors were revealed: blueberry and strawberry.

A short delay after the chocolate disappeared, we were left with a faintly fruity flavor. This fruity finish was remarkable in that it was so unlike the mild bitterness, acidity, or dryness typical of nearly all dark chocolates.

Bonnat Chuao is the fourth chocolate bar we've reviewed made exclusively from cacao from the Chuao region of Venezuela. We were happily surprised as it exceeded our expectations and was second only to Amedei's spectacular bar. It's also the most affordable Chuao chocolate, at only $2.83 per ounce. Lindy rated it 4 stars and placed it 4th among her ten favorite bars so far. I placed it 3rd among mine.

There isn't a list price for Bonnat Chuao, but you can find it at Chocolopolis for $9.99.

UPDATE 20 November 2012: As of today, the price at Chocolopolis has risen to $21.75. The lowest price I found today for purchasing Bonnat Chuao online is $15.90 at Chocosphere.


  1. At the moment the Bonnat Chuao is $21.75 at Chocolopolis.


    (I wish I knew how to post hyperlinks in these comments.)

    1. Thanks for the update Lowe. Unfortunately, prices have gone up a lot in the past two years since we posted this review. I'll update the posting with the current lowest price I can find for online purchase.

  2. You can now buy it from amazon for 14.95