So this bar came to me courtesy of my world travelling cousin! I am always so grateful when friends and family think of me when they go to a new place and see chocolate.
The bar came in a paper wrapper that said it was made from FSC mixte material. According to their website, FSC is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. The design is quite cool with a fun monkey on it.
There is a small ingredient list including beans from Ecuador that are processed in Switzerland. This bar is then distributed by Alter Eco SF. As part of using beans from Ecuador, the company also is working to restore the rainforest. According to the company website, they follow a sustainability model. There is also more information on the company on the interior.
As soon as I opened the wrapper, my son, who was sitting across the table from me, could smell the dark chocolate. You can see tons of quinoa seeds on the back of the bar and the top is made up of simple squares with the company name.
The snap was average and you could easily see lots of quinoa seeds in the break. I was disappointed that the bar did not snap cleanly along the lines though.
Unfortunately, the bar was very astringent and the beans tasted like they had been burned. The quinoa on the other hand was crisp and light adding lots of texture to the bar. Despite the burnt taste, the chocolate was velvety smooth and melted evenly. After the first couple of bites, the burnt taste was not as strong but it was still there.
I liked the quinoa and how it was used in this bar but the burnt taste was not pleasant. It requires more attention to the roast for future work.