Today’s chocolate is Madécasse- Sea Salt & Nibs. The packaging describes it as “63% Dark Chocolate, cocoa nibs & a touch of salt. Fruity notes with a savory crunch.”
The description on the back explains that the founders were in the Peace Corps and while on assignment in Madagascar, they decided to utilize the fantastic cocoa from the region and create a new kind of chocolate bar. It also says that their work has 4x the impact of fair trade cocoa.
The chocolate itself was filled with a texture from the cocoa bits that you usually only can achieve by adding crushed nuts. However the crunch without the nuttiness was a unique distinction for this particular bar. Among the dark chocolate flavor and occasional bursts of sea salt, this chocolate had delightful yet surprisingly prominent fruity notes. Mel and I were gobbling up such big chunks that even the boys stopped by the table to steal samples!
The wine we paired with was recommended to us for pairing with chocolate. We savored a 2013 Zolo Signature Red. This wine is sustainable farmed and bottled in Argentina. It boasts many blended grape varieties and red fruit aromas. It was surprisingly and refreshingly light for being such a dark red wine.
Sitting and drinking wine, eating chocolate, and blogging was the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon we needed.
It wouldn’t be Mel’s chocolate corner without Ava…
“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare… neither knew chocolate.”