Ritual Belize

We ate another Ritual bar at work.

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This bar was a 75% cacao, single origin bar from Belize. In fact, it’s from a southern district of Belize called Toledo, not to be confused with the town in Ohio. This makes the bar even more restricted than a single origin country bar, so I expected quite a singular note, and I got one. There was a sour fruit aftertaste, which one of my co-workers thought tasted a bit like a raisin. The label said the bar had notes of dried fig, cherry and tobacco, but I didn’t taste anything like that. Still, everyone liked this bar, and one co-worker commented that every Ritual bar had been really good…and she’s right! I think this brand has been consistently fantastic, something I cannot say for almost any other brand, including Lindt.

Raaka 82% Belize

I found this bar in a new grocery store in Provincetown, in a natural foods store tucked away on Bradford Street.

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Yum, this single origin bar was very good. It was very dark, and the chocolate flavor was strong and very deep, with a sour after-note that either came from its Belize origin or its aging process in a bourbon cask. I couldn’t tell which and I don’t care, because whatever they are doing is yummy.

Ritual Nib Bar

While in Park City, Utah for my sister-in-law’s wedding, I learned there was a chocolatier located just a few blocks from my hotel. Robert and I walked over and learned it was a Ritual chocolate! I had had a couple of their bars (thanks to my generous friend Connor), but they made eight more!

This was the first one I tried.

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Before I get to the chocolate, check out their beautiful new labels. The old ones were nice and had animals on them, but these new ones had cool graphics and lots of good information. The back label not only listed ingredients, but it also listed what notes to expect in the chocolate.

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And the whole cover unfolded and looked like a rocket ship!

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The inside label indicated that this chocolate was single-origin, from farms located in a single district in Belize. And it was crafted at 7,000 feet, right in the store in Park City!

The bar itself was wrapped in foil-lined paper. We tried it at home (I bought an extra bar to take to work), and it was delicious! Just like the label promised, it was very earthy with a somewhat fruity aftertaste. I didn’t taste any nut flavor, but the cacao nibs provided a nice crunch. All in all, an extremely good bar, and I cannot wait to try the rest!

 

Dick Taylor Belize

I shared another Dick Taylor bar from Los Angeles at work today.

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This one was a single origin bar from Belize, and its cover was similar to the original bar I got from my friend Will. The back label was similar too.

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So this was an organic bar with 72% cacao, similar to the one from Bolivia, but this one was not creamy at all. It was very dry and astringent, with an aftertaste of fruit, possibly blackberries. I thought it was very good, but not quite up to the amazing taste of their Bolivian bar. Still, good from this brand is really great.

Chocolate Hollow Bittersweet Bar

I found this bar in a candy store in Provincetown a few weeks ago. I was immediately interested in it since the cacao beans are all from Belize, a country that was not represented in my collection…until now.

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This bar was interesting. It was very dark and very thin, and it broke apart very easily, almost too easily. It was very chewy and not creamy at all, and for a 72% cacao bar, it had less chocolate taste than I expected.And there was an unusual aftertaste, like vanilla and alcohol and something else I could not place.

I am not saying it was a bad bar, and in fact, I liked it, but it was very unusual. My co-workers liked it too.