June 5, 2005
Hello, my sister just returned from Europe and brought home some chocolate bars for me.
Acarigua 100% packaged by Giraudi. It is a 100% criollo origin bar from venezuala.
Les origines 75% Sao Tome packaged by Jeff de Bruges.
Kackinkoa 85%, A La Mere de Famile, 47. Cler Paris?
Cloccolato 72% extra dark.
Fondentenero Novi 72%.
I would appreciate any information on these chocolates including information about the companies, speculation on from whom these companies obtain their chocolate, quality level, etc. What is Kackinkoa?
December 12, 2005
Giraudi is an Italian company with considerable investment into quality production, they are really good (www.giraudi.it). There`s a thread mentioning them somewhere here, too. Jeff de Bruges is a franchise chain (www.jeff-de-bruges.com) with shops mainly in France but they recently opened units in Romania and even Kazakhstan. In Paris they have pretty much small surface shops. Their Sao Tome bar is one of my favourite munching ones. Strong, smoky and with a hint of orange zest, not complex but very powerful. As far as I remember they only use cocoa solids and butter, lecithin and vanilla. Of course the prime material should come from a giant for their bars but they are not bad. Kacinkoa 85% must be produced by Weiss, a good old French company (see some reviews here on some Weiss bars). Cioccolato Extra Dark Fondente Nero NOVI (if I understand well)is produced by Elah Dufour Novi, the largest Italian chocolate company. Usually I find their bars at the middle shelves of supermarkets. But the most important is how did you like each?
June 5, 2005
The Sao Tome was the best of them. The molding features squares with pods within them. The texture and flavor are not bad. I wonder if this is the same as Neuhaus' Sao Tome?
The Giraudi is bitter and crunchy. This could probably use some added butter. The flavor is highly bitter.
Now that you have mentioned it, the Kackinkoa 85% does remind me a little of Weiss. It has the same nutty almond flavor.
I classify the two 72% bars as candy rather than fine chocolate.