Monday, December 20, 2010

Review: Hägeland Uganda

Lindy's Rating: 6.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 6.0 (previously **)

chocolate makerHägeland
cacao treesForastero
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids80%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A

colordark brown
aromastrong earthy (mushroom), smoky, spice (not quite clove), hint of nuts
tasteearthy, coffee, hints of smoke, ash, and fruit
finishslightly bitter

This Hägeland Uganda bar comes to us thanks to Phillip (who hosted our recent blind chocolate tasting). He found this bar at a Walmart store.

Hägeland is a Belgian chocolate maker that distributes their chocolate exclusively through Walmart in the United States. The bars are not presently available online, nor in all Walmart stores, and the prices vary by store. I phoned several local Washington State Walmarts until I found them currently available at the Federal Way Walmart Supercenter for $2.28 (usually $2.99).

Hägeland's Uganda bars are made from Forastero cacao beans from Uganda. The color of this bar was a dark brown and unleashed a strong earthy aroma that we decided was mushroom. Other aromas we noticed included a smoky roast, a spice we couldn't quite identify that seemed similar to clove, and a hint of nuts.

I found the taste similarly earthy, but Lindy found the flavor to be more of a roast that she experienced as coffee. We also both tasted hints of ash, smoke and fruit. The melt was average and the length was on the minimal side of short. The final aftertaste was a slight bitterness.

Overall, a good ** bar that we both found more interesting than what we consider the standard of **, the Lindt Excellence bars, and sometimes less expensive, too.

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