Neuhaus Intense Dark São Tomé 72%

I got another Neuhaus bar from Tiffany and Cindy.

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I really liked their West Africa bar, but this São Tomé bar was amazing! It was much darker and richer and not as sweet, and there was a hint of an aftertaste of…something. I couldn’t place it, perhaps a floral note. I ate only one piece and could not identify it. I will have to try more.

Thanks Tiffany and Cindy!

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Josophan’s Dark Chocolate 70% São Thomé

This is third single origin dark chocolate from the four pack I bought at Josophan’s Fine Chocolates in Sydney.

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OMG, this bar was fantastic! It was very dark, much darker than I expected a 70% cacao bar to be, and it was extremely chocolatey and at the same time very creamy. It melted in your mouth as smooth as could be, with no bitterness or graininess whatsoever. I split this bar with Robert, and we were both amazed at how rich the flavor was. I could have eaten many more of these bars, and I think this might have been the best chocolate I purchased in Sydney.

On a side note, this is only the second bar I have ever had from São Thomé. The first was an unassuming little bar from Trader Joe’s, and it was equally amazing (and much cheaper). I need to find more chocolate from this island country!

Pralus Pyramide des Tropiques

In August of 2011 on my birthday, I was in Seattle in Chocolopolis, a small chocolate shop in Queen Anne Hill, where I found this package of ten small chocolate bars, a tasting pack of chocolate.

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These were delicious, all of them. I must admit that my memory of the day is a bit hazy, as birthday libations followed my visit to this store, and I misplaced these and a few other labels after the trip, which is why they are appearing out of date order in my blog. But I remember tasting each bar and finding them all to be exquisite. All of them are single origin, and all were 75% cacao. I will need to try more bars from Pralus.

BTW, the Chocolopolis store was really amazing too. They have a wide range of unusual and rare chocolates, at least here in the States. They are worth a visit if you are in Seattle.

And speaking of libations, I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve tonight! I’ll see you back here in 2014, with a whole bunch of new chocolates.

Trader Joe’s São Thomé Dark Chocolate

I found this unassuming little bar tucked away above the frozen foods at Trader Joe’s, shortly before Christmas 2010.

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This single-origin bar was delicious! With a very rich flavor and not too sweet, it was just the way I like my chocolate. And this was my first chocolate ever from the island country of São Tomé and Príncipe, which has a population of fewer than 200,000 people, making it the second-smallest African country. Based on this bar, I hope to try more chocolate from there!