Milk & Nibs 65% Dark Milk Chocolate with Cacao Nibs

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Milk & Nibs 65% Dark Milk Chocolate with Cacao Nibs

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Origin: Tumbes, north coast, Peru

Cacao Content: 65%

Tasting Notes: Dried apricot, caramel sweetness, rich and creamy mouthfeel, subdued acidity.

Cacao Cultivars: Unclassified, likely a mix of Nacional and upper Amazon varieties. 

Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic sugar, organic milk.

Contains milk.

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This dark milk chocolate has a habit of disappearing faster than anyone expects. While it actually has less added cane sugar than our dark bars, the added richness and naturally-occurring sugars from the milk make it supremely eatable. We sprinkle some nibs on the back of every bar for a pleasing crunch, which adds unexpected bursts of pure cacao flavor.

If you taste a caramel-like sweetness in this bar, that’s by design. We conche the chocolate longer and hotter, leading the milk sugars to partly caramelize and adding a fantastic depth of flavor.

The cacao in this bar is the same that we use in our Norandino Tumbes 70% dark chocolate, produced by a cooperative of 123 farmers spread across six communities in Peru’s Tumbes Province.

Unlike most milk chocolates, this is dark enough (that is, has a high enough cacao percentage) that it requires no added cocoa butter. In this case, that means a slightly slower melt and more intense, up-front cacao and caramel flavors.