Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bar of the Week: Santander 70% with Passion Fruit

Region: Inclusion using beans from Colombia
Bean Type: Trinitario-Criollo
Cocoa Content: 70%

Santander Chocolate has been a popular choice at Chocolopolis due to an inherent coffee flavor that Seattlites know and love. We use the Santander 70% in many of our tastings to contrast with the fruitiness of Valrhona's Manjari and the smokiness of the Pralus Indonesie bar. This week we're showcasing their 70% chocolate with a unique twist: the addition of passion fruit. Known in Colombia as maracuya, passion fruit is native to South America and is grown on small cold climate farms where it is manually harvested. The sourness of the fruit pairs well with the nuttiness of Santander's dark chocolate to produce a bar that is sure to become a favorite of those seeking something different. Stop by our store this Saturday for a taste.

Fun Fact: Santander Chocolate takes its name from the State of Santander in Eastern Colombia. Peasants there have been growing and harvesting cacao in the same traditions for over two centuries.

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