My co-worker Matt S. gave me another Endangered Species bar that I had not tried before.
Like their blackberry sage bar, this one really surprised me. It was very good, with a nice balance between the dark chocolate and lemon poppy seeds, which also had a nice crunch. Sure, you ended up with poppy seeds between your teeth, but that was a small price to pay for good chocolate. My co-workers seemed fond of this bar too.
As usual, there was a nice inner label filled with information about leopards.
Our director Allen M. brought a second Vietnamese single origin bar to the office.
This was the companion bar to the 74% cacao bar from Vietnam. Surprisingly, with just a 4% cacao difference, it tasted very different than the other bar. It was deep and earthy, like a Peruvian bar. I am guessing that its cacao, while still from Vietnam, had a different local source. Still, it was very good and a nice complement to the 74% bar.
The director Allen M. from my publisher visited the studio and brought chocolate!
I have had one Vietnamese chocolate bar before, but it was milk chocolate and not very distinctive. Not true for this bar! It was very rich and had a bright singular note that reminded me of bars from Madagascar. It was absolutely delicious!
This is another tablet from my co-worker Maria V.
This was a nice chocolate. While there were no special notes, it was deep and rich and chocolatey, and just the right size for an afternoon chocolate hit.
My co-worker Maria V. gave me this chocolate tablet that she got on a trip.
When I saw spicy and read that there was hot pepper in this chocolate, I was nervous. I do not always do well with hot spicy food. But this tablet was really good! Yes,there was some heat, but there was also cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds, and those flavors, as well as the chocolate, came through very well. I would have guessed the chocolate as much darker than 57% cacao. It tasted like 70-75% cacao, and it looked that dark too.
My co-worker Matt S. gave me this bar to try at a chocolate eating meeting.
My hopes were not high for this bar for two reason. First, I had not really liked many of the past Endangered Species bars that I had tried, and second, I had had a blackberry sage chocolate bar from a different brand and nobody liked it except me.
Well, surprise! This bar was really good, and everyone liked it. The chocolate was nice and deeply flavored (especially for a 60% cacao bar), and the balance of blackberry and sage was good. Neither one overpowered the other or the chocolate flavor, and I think this bar was less sagey than the Eclipse one. That helped.
Even better, there was a cool information page about the Peregrine Falcon on the inner label!
My co-worker Leonard B. brought back a chocolate bar from a conference he attended in Portugal.
First off, let me just say that this was the first chocolate I have ever had from Portugal. How is this possible? I have no idea, but I intend to correct this oversight, because this bar was AWESOME! It was huge, so at 200 grams it was almost half a pound of chocolate. And it was delicious! It was super rich and chocolatey, far more than I would have expected from 73% cacao. I would have guessed 85% easily. And it was so smooth, without a hint of bitterness. I ate four pieces and I wanted more, as did my co-workers who helped themselves to seconds and thirds of this generously sized bar.