Sunday, September 26, 2010

Terra Nostra Organic Intense Dark 73% Cacao

3.5oz (100g) bar
Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, o. sugar, o. cocoa butter
9g sugar/33g serving (27.3% by wt.)

Vancouver-based Terra Nostra advertises its chocolate as not only organic but also equitable trade (though that's not mentioned on this bar's wrapper) and made with renewable energy. Assuming it's all legit, that's lovely. How's the chocolate?

Well, the reason this review is short is that the 73% cacao bar is in-between in many ways. It's medium brown, standard size, a bit sour, a bit bitter, appropriately sweet. That doesn't mean I think that the quality is mid-range; “in-between” describes this bar because it's quite well balanced. No vanilla, no inclusions, no soy lecithin, just chocolate with good complexity and no extreme or “off” flavors. Thus I don't have a lot to say about it except that I like it. If I found it on sale, I'd buy a bunch for daily snacking.

Conclusion: Terra Nostra Organic Intense Dark 73% Cacao is a good, solid bar.

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