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Pierre Marcolini - Fleur de Cacao
March 14, 2006
10:33 pm
asmokemezzo
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Finally made it over to the Marcolini shop on Park Ave. in NYC and purchased a bar of Fleur de Cacao. I purposely didn’t read the reviews before tasting, because I wanted my first impression to be untainted by what everyone else was saying. So…my first impression? Nestle Tollhouse Morsels. Truly, this bar tastes like chocolate chip cookies to me, SPECIFICALLY Nestle chocolate chip cookies. It’s unbelieveably sweet for an 85% and tastes like CHOCOLATE. No acidity, no bitterness, just plain old chocolate. Further tasting revealed a slight coffee/toffee/burnt sugar flavor, but to me that goes right along with the cookie taste. Imagine my surprise when I read Alex’s review! Coincidence???

Anyway, that said, I really do like this bar, but it’s not much of a challenge, and given it’s high price tag, it’s probably TOO easy to eat. I will continue to taste to see if my opinion evolves or if I find more hidden subtleties, but I don’t anticipate getting past the feeling that I’m eating a cookie. Kudos to Marcolini on the mildness of this chocolate, though – I really can’t believe it’s an 85%.

March 14, 2006
11:16 pm
Eshra
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Wow…

Now, I have never had the pleasure of tasting Marcolini… but you think it tastes like Nestle?

Well, don’t tell Pierre this, lol.. Anyway, I find it strange that an 85% would be so sweet and mellow. I am 99% sure Marcolini doesn’t dutch, but I cannot think of any other reason for an 85 tasting this way. Dutching removes all bitterness and leaves a very ‘strange’ flavour. Does it taste dutched to you? Does it taste like Venchi, Dolfin, or Endangered species? There is a common dutch flavour to all these bars…

Try buying another one of his bars maybe. I would love to try his Porcelana..

PS. How many grams of sugar per 40g serving? Maybe it is mislabeled…

March 15, 2006
4:42 pm
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I have been to the Marcolini factory in Brussels, and I can vouch for the fact that they pride themselves on a quality product. Pierre is heralded there in Belgium as Jaques Torres is here in the states, they love him. Albeit, their products are a bit pricey but they do make the chocolate from start to finish! I have had just about all of them, and I give credit where it’s due! I did some consulting for the shop in NYC and hope they do well.

Keep it Sweet!

Keep it Sweet!
March 15, 2006
6:00 pm
Masur
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Fleur de Cacao is one of my favourites but Marcolini is not making all his chocolate from bean to “bar” according to Forbes Magazine. So what do you mean by this:

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they do make the chocolate from start to finish!


“Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos” (Maricel E. Presilla)

"Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos" (Maricel E. Presilla)
March 16, 2006
5:09 pm
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They do grind the beans on premisis,thus making their own chocolate but I do believe that is not strictly the ONLY chocolate they use. They do, however have some of their own formulations.

Keep it Sweet!

Keep it Sweet!
March 17, 2006
4:18 am
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The Forbes article was attributing the use of couverture for the bonbons, not the bars…or at least from what I was told.

March 17, 2006
5:58 pm
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The packaging doesn’t say how much sugar there is in a serving, but unless they put the wrong bar in the box, this is definitely an 85% bar. I don’t know if it’s dutched or not – I doubt it though, as it doesn’t have that particular flavor you’re referring to. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like Nestle chocolate, it’s certainly better than that, but it definitely tastes like a semi-sweet rather than a bittersweet and the overall sensation of the chocolate is very much the same as eating a chocolate chip cookie. This impression is due in part to the slightly sandy texture, and there is also a certain brown sugar-vanilla note. The coffee/toffee flavor I mentioned earlier is reminiscent of cookies left in the oven just a minute too long. I am certainly interested to try more of their chocolates but at $10 USD for 80g, I’ll have to purchase carefully!

March 17, 2006
11:13 pm
Eshra
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I want some…. If only I had a way of getting Marcolini. Unfortunately the site I use to purchase chocolate, doesn’t offer Marcolini. Hmm…

March 18, 2006
6:21 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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You’ll have to order from Marcolini directly.

That bar is not Dutched. The flavor that this process produces is absent, and besides, the color isn’t the typical pitch black shade either.