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"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north…. As he peeked ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction." (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)


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Tocoti Micro-Batch Chocolate Tasting

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On Valentine’s Day, Meg and I stopped into Joe Bean Coffee Roasters for their S’more special. The marshmallows and gram crackers were provided by a local company and made with natural ingredients .  Also, the dining arrangement included chocolate by Tocoti! We were intrigued by the packaging, excited they were a new and local chocolate roaster, and happy to hear they are small-batch artisan roasters. Several days later Meg put in an order and it was delivered to our door!

Single Origin Tocoti Chocolates.

Walworth, NY.

Tocoti Website

Dominican Republic 79% Cocao

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Meg: Freeze-pop juice, pineapple

Will: Spicy wood oil aroma, dried raspberry, almonds, minerals, dried dates

Wild Bolivian “Jungle Love” 77% Cocao

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Meg:Peanuts

Will: black pepper corn, wheat, oats, bread

Venezuelan 74% Cacao

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Meg:Pepperoni pizza, sandalwood, coriander

Will: Floral, pollen aroma, marshmallow, caramelized sugar, wild flowers

Taste Preference Rating:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Venezuelan
  3. Bolivian

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Enjoy! willandmegan

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Dandelion Small – Batch Chocolate Tasting

Yesterday afternoon we both had the pleasure of sampling three wonderful chocolate bars from Dandelion Small-Batch Chocolate. They are a new factory located in the Mission District of San Francisco and took honors as a Good Food Award finalist for 2012. As a fresh business with an awesome bean-to-bar approach, they won our taste buds over in the past and we couldn’t pass up a side by side sampling.

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Our first observation upon splaying out the bars was evidence of lustrous and elegant wrapping. The appearance of delicate gold-foil like designs create the impression of an antique gift. The next examination we made was based on a clear presentation of cacao origin. Included as a part of the packaging text was also a note of recognizable flavor characteristics made by the roasters from Dandelion. Personalized initials on the back side really emphasized the sense of Small – Batch as it erased the possibility of mass production. In this we concluded that comparatively it felt more intimate to be tasting chocolate from a young company with smaller output vs. an international company such as Lindt, Godiva who mass produce their “chocolate”.

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So, let’s talk taste! While Will & I definitely have very different interpretations of the chocolate during our tasting experience, I will share them all. (Note that mine are probably less refined and slightly more obnoxious) 🙂

Rio Caribe-

Aromatics-cane, oats, mud

Flavor-pine needles, smoke, s’mores, cedar, woodoil, bread

Elvesia-

Aromatics-soil

Flavor-fruit punch, sour patch kids, cheap wine coolers, plum, raisan, tangy finish

Ambanja-

Aromatics-N/A

Flavor-malts, beer, dates, fig

These, honestly, were the most incredible chocolates we have ever had. The intense spectrum of flavors challenged our ability to define taste using specific raw foods we had experienced. We were sad to see them slowly (not really) disappear. So, grab some online. It’s WORTH IT!

http://www.dandelionchocolate.com/store/