Monday, February 6, 2012

Trader Joe's 72% Cacao Swiss Dark Chocolate

Manufacturer:Trader Joe's
Cocoa Content:72%
Manufacturer Website
Rating: B+

Today's tasting is one of Trader Joe's store-brand dark chocolate bars. This bar is labeled as their 72% cacao Swiss dark chocolate. The bar is deep ebony in color with a slight waxy sheen to it. The nose has notes of vanilla and cocoa liquor.

The palate leads off with a rich, fudgy brownie batter note. This is followed up by some lightly toasted peanuts. Acidity is on the lighter side with hints or citrus along with a cherry note. There is also some almond nutty notes and a hint of bitter espresso. Chewing the chocolate reveals cherries, peanut butter and a hint of marshmallow and caramel. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slightly thick with a bit of a cooling sensation. The finish has peanut butter and caramel notes with some marshmallow and fudge.

While it may be nothing out of the ordinary, the Trader Joe's Swiss 72% dark chocolate bar is very snackable. There is a straightforward fudge and nut flavor profile that makes this chocolate easy to enjoy. This is a good choice for a budget chocolate bar that is relatively easy to find.

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