Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bar of the Week: Pralu Caracas 75%

75% Dark Chocolate

Origin: Venezuela

Bean Type: Trinitario

Though it is no longer the world's largest exporter of cacao, Venezuela is still considered by many to produce the world's finest beans. The Pralus Caracas, named for the Venezuelan capitol, is just one of a host of bars in Chocolopolis' inventory produced from Venezuelan cacao.
The Caracas belongs to Francois Pralus' single-origin line of dark chocolates, and, like it's colorfully wrapped siblings, it is just as wonderful to look at as it is to eat! Compare this bar to another of Pralus' single-origins (we recommend the Djakarta or the Madagascar) to see just how much geography can affect the flavor of cacao.

Fun Fact: Francois Pralus' belief in the ancient Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl, reportedly serves as his inspiration to make fine chocolate directly from the bean.

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