Saturday, April 27, 2013

Indi Chocolate



Corporate Info: Indi Chocolate is a small batch, bean-to-bar company in Seattle, producing not only dark chocolate but also cacao-infused skin products. A generous co-taster spotted Indi's small storefront in Pike Place Market and brought me a sampling of its dark chocolate bars.

Today's Bars: Four in total: plain, dried cherries, dried cranberries, and crystallized ginger. All include only cocoa beans, cocoa butter, sugar, and cherries/cranberries/ginger.

Appearance: Indi's plain bar comes in a fancy mold, imprinted with leaves and cacao pods (and some air bubbles around the edges). The others involve spreading chocolate out in a thin sheet, sprinkling on the inclusion, then cooling and breaking up the pieces. Either way, the chocolate has a nice, low-shine sheen and a deep, rich, medium brown color. 

Smell: Surprisingly buttery, and even the plain chocolate is deeply sweet, like dried fruit.

Taste: The plain chocolate starts out sweet, but is followed by a thin, bitter edge that adds complexity, and there's an underlying dark, fruity flavor like dried dates or plums. The chocolate under the inclusions tastes like it might be lower cacao, but I wouldn't swear to it. The cherry and cranberry both work really well, sweet and moist against the bittersweet chocolate. The ginger is surprisingly subtle, more than I personally would like, but for the ginger-wary it would work well. 

Conclusion: Indi Chocolate is a Seattle-local company making a fine chocolate product with good inclusions, especially the fruits.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for finding us!

    The chocolate with the inclusions is the same chocolate (72%) as the straight chocolate.

    As far as the ginger inclusions, I use clear packaging so you can pick the amount of ginger you want with your chocolate. I use different sizes of the ginger to give you both a ginger taste and ginger bursts.

    I welcome you and your readers to come on into our store in Pike Place Market and say hello. I always enjoy meeting other dark chocolate enthusiasts and talking chocolate.

    I also like getting recommendations of what people would like to see for the next indi chocolate inclusion, product, etc.

    You can also find indi chocolate online at http://indichocolate.com.

    Thanks again,

    Erin (Founder and Maker)

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  2. Nice to hear from you, Erin! I hope readers follow your note and try your chocolate--it's a great product.

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