Friday, January 14, 2011

Review: Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie

Lindy's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)

chocolate makerGhirardelli
barMidnight Reverie™
cacao trees(unknown)
size90g ~ 3.2oz
cocoa solids86%
added fatcocoa butter,
milk fat
emulsifiersoy lecithin
other ingredientsnatural flavor
list price$3.95

colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1015 Bracken
texturesmooth with text and image imprints, scoring
aromaroast (cocoa), hints of smoke and sweet
snapmedium hard
tasteroast (smoky, burnt toast), bitter, hint of black cherry
meltslow start, less smooth
finishsomewhat bitter
Midnight Reverie™ is the second chocolate we've reviewed of the three unflavored bars in Ghirardelli's Intense Dark™ line of chocolates. It has 86% cocoa solids and two unusual ingredients: milk fat and "natural flavor". Ghirardelli also made this bar smaller than the other bars in this line, at 90 grams rather than 100. It is scored into 8 pieces (the picture above only shows 4 of them, due to the bar being broken in half).

I probably would have skipped this bar had I noticed the added ingredients before I had purchased it. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the Twilight Delight™, so it's good we were able to review this bar, too.

Midnight Reverie™ had an interesting roast aroma. While primarily that of cocoa, there were also hints of smoke and other roast scents we didn't identify. We also both smelled suggestions of sweetness we didn't expect in a chocolate with such high cocoa content.

Perhaps due to the milk fat and its higher melting point, this bar took several seconds before melting and releasing any flavor. The melt was also less smooth, which was odd given the added fat and an emulsifier. We tasted a dominating roast flavor of both smoke and burnt toast. Lindy also found it bitter and detected a hint of black cherry.

For me the length was minimal, but Lindy tasted the roast flavor a bit longer than 5 seconds, putting it just into the short duration. Both of us found the aftertaste bitter, me slightly and Lindy more so.

Our reviews of all Ghirardelli chocolates can be found here or by clicking on the Ghirardelli link under the Labels section in the right column.

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