Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Chapon Venezuela

Lindy's Rating: 4.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)

chocolate maker(unknown)
cacao trees(unknown)
size75g ~ 2.6oz
cocoa solids75%
added fatcocoa butter
emulsifiersoy lecithin
other ingredients(none)
list price€5,00

colormedium dark-brown
PANTONE 19-1015
texturesmooth with scoring
aromaheavy roast (coffee), sweet, hints of nut and fruit
tastecoffee, roast, berry, hint of sweet
finishslightly bitter
Patrice Chapon is a French chocolatier who has won awards for his truffles and pralines. Chapon Chocolatier also has a line of single origin chocolate bars.

The bar was packaged inside a resealable plastic bag, along with hard paper stock coated on one side, presumably for stability. However, it still arrived broken in two pieces. The chocolate was not separately wrapped and the surface of the bar was scuffed, giving the chocolate a less appealing appearance.

Chapon Venezuela is a single origin bar made of 75% cocoa solids, along with sugar, extra cocoa butter, and soy lecithin. The 75 gram bar was scored into 10 pieces. The best before date was April 2012.

The chocolate had a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color and a hard snap. The aroma was a heavy roast of coffee, some sweetness, and a hint of nut. I also smelled an occasional hint of fruit.

The primary taste was a coffee that mostly overwhelmed flavors other than roast. However, we noticed berry and a suggestion of sweetness underneath the roast coffee flavor.

Venezuela had a good smooth melt. The length was short, around 10 to 15 seconds. After all the chocolate flavor was gone, the final aftertaste was slightly bitter, with a hint of coffee.

Overall, Lindy rated it a low **; I thought it was a middle **.

You can purchase Chapon Venezuela online directly from Chapon for €5,00.

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