Richard's Rating: 7.0
The small 40 gram bar was scored into 10 pieces and wrapped in gold foil-sided wax paper. The outer paper package was stamped with a production date of March 18, 2011, and a best before date of April 2013.
216 had a medium brown Fudgesickle (PANTONE 19-1431) color. (It appears lighter brown in the photo because I used a flash on this overcast rainy morning in Seattle). The surface was smooth, and each piece was lined either horizontally or vertically. There were bubbles in the top corners of several pieces. The bar had a hard snap.
The chocolate revealed aromas of earth, fruit, spice, and roast. As it was in the 215, the earth scent was strongest. However, the fruit scent was stronger in this chocolate than in the 215.
The taste of 216 had early flavors of earth, roast, and nut. When the fruit emerged, I first tasted berry, then general citrus, and finally a non-acidic lime flavor for the last of the chocolate.
This chocolate melted smoothly. The length just made it to medium, with the flavor after the chocolate was gone lasting about 20 seconds. The finish was very slightly tannin and very slightly sour.
All three are good chocolates, but I prefer the lighter roast and tart flavor of 214 to that of 215 and 216.
You can purchase Fresco 216 online for $6.95 from The Meadow.