Madre Chocolate and Manulele Ko Hana Rum Chocolate 70%

My co-worker Chris J. brought this bar back from Hawaii.

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I thought this was Manulele Chocolate (it says that on the front label), but Manulele is the rum maker, and Madre is the chocolate maker, as revealed on the back label.

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Oh my god, this chocolate was bad. First off, it had bloomed, so it was all grey and brittle and dry. Second, it had barely any chocolate taste, despite being 70% cacao. And third, the rum flavor was off, making the bar taste more like dirt than anything else, although one co-worker thought it tasted like the “wet side of a filled kiddie pool”, whatever that means. Nobody wanted seconds, and for the first time in years, I threw out some chocolate. Just four pieces, but still…part of my soul died.

This bar was not as bad as the Jamaican rum fudge that Doug K. brought to a tasting six years ago, but it was close! So you are safe, Chris, and thank you for a memorable chocolate eating meeting at work.

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