Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Snake & Butterfly Benjamin's 62% Blend

Lindy's Rating: 7.5
Richard's Rating: 7.0
chocolate makerSnake & Butterfly
barBenjamin's 62% Blend
cacao trees(unknown)
size50g ~ 1.75oz
cocoa solids62%
added fatcocoa butter
sweetenercane juice
other ingredients(none)
list price$5.00
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1431
texturesmooth with text and image imprints, scoring, bubbles, uneven sheen
aromaearth, roast (smoke), fruit
snapmedium hard
tastefruit (dried fruit, raisin, berry, yellow), sweet (butterscotch), roast, tannin
finishslightly tannin, very slightly acidic
Snake & Butterfly makes primarily flavored chocolate now, but they still make unflavored two bars, Benjamin's 76% Blend reviewed earlier and this one, Benjamin's 62% Blend. Although their bars are not certified, they use fair trade cacao beans and organic ingredients.

Just like 76%, Benjamin's 62% was made from cacao beans, evaporated cane juice, and cocoa butter, with no added emulsifier or flavoring. The 1.75 ounce bar was scored into four large pieces, with alternating imprints of the company name and a stylized branch with a cacao pod.

The bar came wrapped in black-sided foil inside a paper sleeve. There was neither a production date nor a best before date for the chocolate we reviewed.

The color of this chocolate was a medium brown Fudgesickle (PANTONE 19-1431). The surface was smooth with some bubbles, and the sheen was uneven. The bar had a medium hard snap.

Benjamin's 62% had a strong earth aroma. Secondary scents included a smoky roast and fruit. Lindy found the strong earthiness unusually pleasant.

At the start, the chocolate tasted of a dried fruit that was clearly raisin. Then we tasted sweetness and roast as other fruit flavors developed, including berry and a yellow fruit. The sweetness reminded me of butterscotch. Lindy also tasted a slight tannin flavor.

This chocolate had a smooth melt. The length was medium, with the flavor lasting about 30 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The final aftertaste was slightly tannin and very slightly acidic.

Although sweeter than most chocolate I like, we both slightly preferred 62% to 76% due primarily to the interesting fruit flavors and the reduced tannin aftertaste.

You can purchase Benjamin's 62% Blend online for $5.00 directly from Snake & Butterfly for delivery to the continental U.S. or Canada.

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