A few weeks ago I ordered quite a few chocolates from The Meadow in New York and this bar wasn’t on my “salt” radar – I chose it last minute as substitution for a bar that was out of stock. Now that I’ve looked at chuao chocolatier’s range of chocolate bars, there’s quite a few I would like to try, but short of visiting the US, I don’t think I’ll get a chance soon – they only ship within the 48 contiguous states.
chuao chocolatier is a Venezuelan chocolatier based in California run by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother Richard. They operate two chocolate cafes in San Diego and their chocolates can be bought at various retailers. They named the company after the cacao-producing region of Chuao in Venezuela. The create what they call “fusion chocolate” by creating unusual flavours. Their website unfortunately does not explicitly explain where their cocoa is sourced, but maybe one can assume it’s from Venezuela.
This bar did not travel well and arrived in pieces. It’s a milk chocolate with kettle cooked potato chips and a hint of sea salt. When I opened the wrapping there was discernible smell of potato chips and sweet, slightly woodsy chocolate. The melt is tough to assess, the small potato chip pieces are grainy and you quickly want to just eat the chocolate. The chocolate itself leans to a darker side of milk chocolate and would probably not be one of my favourites. But I really like the crunchy aspect of this bar, even though it could use a little bit more salt. I would eat it again – it’s a somewhat guilty pleasure chocolate. And I would still like to try chuao chocolatier’s other salty bars.
Ingredients: Premium milk chocolate (41% cacao, cacao butter, sugar, dehydrated milk, soy lecithin [as an emulsifier], natural vanilla), potatoes, vegetable oil (sunflower, corn and/or canola oil), sea salt.
Zutaten: Premium Milch Schokolade (41% Kakao, Kakaobutter, Zucker, Milchpulver, Soyalecithtin [als Emulgator], Vanille), Kartoffeln, Pflanzenöl (Sonnenblumenöl, Maiskeimöl und/oder Rapsöl), Meersalz.
As far as I know this bar is not available outside of the US. I bought it online from the meadow in New York. Price approx. $ 5,95.
Images by Axel Lambrette