Map Chocolate Galore

Map Chocolate bars



A few weeks ago, as a result of a contest by The Sassy Cupcake, I received a box of Map Chocolate. Each small batch crafted bar beautifully hand wrapped in a different paper, some maps, some with an interesting motif that echoes the bar it protects.

Five bars.

Giddy me.

Delights galore. I share with you amazingness...

The Peace of Wild Things. Map Chocolate

The Peace of Wild Things
Three origin blend 71%
Scents of roast and spice
Tasting notes of molasses like but a bit milder than typical molasses.  Currant, grape.
Finish is long and deep with roast and brown sugar notes.



Mt Hood Bar.  Map Chocolate

Mt Hood Bar
Vietnam Ben Tre 75% with coffee and gluten free oatmeal stout biscotti
Scents of malty coffee.
Tasting notes whirl as a blend of spicy/fruity Ben Tre with coffee and earthiness of the buckwheat biscotti.  Biscotti provides a really nice crunch.  Coffee plays well with the chocolate with both high fruity notes as well a bass of low and deep notes.
Malty finish and I want another piece to savor and crunch.



I Dream of Fiji.  Map Chocolate.

I Dream of Fiji
Fiji micro batch 78%
Thick bar, a pleasure to chunk off a piece for tasting.
Lightly smoky scents.
Tasting notes.  Texture as smooth as silk with smoky plum notes.  Fades to walnut.  Cream finish.
Beautiful.



Nightswimming.  Map Chocolate



Night Swimming
dark milk 60% Belize
Scents of dark caramel with roasted hazelnuts in chocolate
Tastes like sweet caramel and hazelnut.  Almost some home made (by grandma of course) sugar cookie notes.  Perhaps a hint of citrus, maybe lemon?  A bit of  rough texture mid melt.  Finishes with sweet caramel notes.

Meteor Shower.  Map Chocolate

Meteor Shower
65% dark milk with toasted black sesame and lava salt
no origin noted, just taste, don't worry
Scents of toasted sesame and chocolate
Taste experience, silky smooth salty and sweet melt to start.  Caramelly and nutty rich notes then suddenly light, fresh, fruity notes of lychee spin in and out while the salt and sesame come back to visit in short bursts.  
Amazing milk and salt bar.  Most of the time I find bitter hiding behind salt in chocolate.  Not at all this time. Extremely well balanced.


Map Chocolate, you creative genius, I've never been one to love inclusions, until now.  Complex, well balanced inclusions in beautiful chocolate.









Tasting Cacao Sampaka La Joya Chocolate Bar Review

Trying out a new style of video and post, let me know what you think.

The Cacao Sampaka La Joya bar.


Top 5 Tips for Navigating a Big Chocolate Event



The season of chocolate fests, salons, and events is in full swing.  Here are my top five tips for navigating/surviving with your wits and palate in tact.


Top 5 Tips

1. Plan to meet up with people you don't want to miss well ahead the event.
2. Schedule classes and presentations with vibrating reminders in your calendar.
3. Shopping! Assemble lists for your own inventory and gifts for others before the event.
4. Protect your palate with intentional tasting and lots of water. Don't put your palate in overwhelm.
5. Meet the makers with gratitude, get to know them and follow online for future updates.



If you are attending any events soon please let me know,  I love to meet up over chocolate!

-Barbie

Happy traveling to you!