Monday, July 11, 2011

Amano in Summertime

Well, the more pregnant I get the worse I get at eating chocolate!  I thought I'd eat more chocolate by the end of my pregnancy because the nausia is gone and my appetite is back. But, given the heat of the summer so far, I seem to be eating less and less chocolate (and more and more ice cream!).  So today I decided to sit down and taste some chocolate to get my palate back into it.  I wanted a little milk chocolate to go with the weather (I find sweeter chocolate to be tastier in the heat), so I pulled out some of my Amano Artisan Chocolate stash. 

Today I am tasting Amano's Ocumare 30% cacao milk chocolate bar and the Ocumare 70% dark chocolate bar.  Both are made from beans from the Ocumare Valley in Venezuela. 

There is a nice strong flavour to the milk chocolate, with a bitterness that is reminiscent of dark chocolate but milky and sweet all at the same time.  With a slightly woodsy smell and taste, this chocolate could easily be a favourite milk chocolate of mine from here on forward.

The dark chocolate 70% Ocumare bar has a lot of strong flavour, and to me it is reminiscent of cedar smoke and tobacco all rolled into one dark chocolate. The colour of the beans are fairly light and the chocolate is shiny, smooth and tempered just right. Although the strong and bitter flavours seems harsh at first, it wears off quickly and you can find yourself just enjoying a flavourful 70% smooth dark chocolate.
Overall, I liked both bars, but enjoyed the milk chocolate much more.  It's hard to say if that would be my "normal" opinion, since I usually choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate, or if that is just the pregnancy and the heat heightening my cravings for sweeter treats.

The baby is kicking fiercely now in my belly, so I guess that is an indication that I've had enough chocolate!

For other reviews of Amano's chocolate, click here.

Here are the stats on the two chocolate bars that I tasted today:

Amano Artisan Chocolate "Ocumare" Handcrafted Milk Chocolate 30% Cacao, 2 oz (56g)
"Made from Premium Beans from the Ocumare Valley in Venezuela"
Amano Chocolate, Orem, UT (USA)
http://www.amanochocolate.com/
Ingredients: cocoa beans, pure cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, whole vanilla beans. "Our vintage equipment is used to process milk chocolate and chocolate containing tree nuts, peanuts and soy lecithin...".

Amano Artisan Chocolate "Ocumare" Handcrafted Dark Chocolate, 70% Cacao, 2 oz (56g)
"Made from Premium Beans from the Ocumare Valley in Venezuela"
Amano Chocolate, Orem, UT (USA)
http://www.amanochocolate.com/
Ingredients: cocoa beans, pure cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole vanilla beans. "Our vintage equipment is used to process milk chocolate and chocolate containing tree nuts, peanuts and soy lecithin...".

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