Norandino 70% Dark Chocolate

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Norandino 70% Dark Chocolate

7.00

The cacao in this bar represents the combined efforts of 123 producers in six communities in the Tumbes region—Uña de Gato, Papayal, Cuchareta, La Palma, Casa Blanqueada, and Pampas de Hospital—all of whom export through the Norandino cooperative.

Origin: Tumbes, north coast, Peru

Cacao Content: 70%

Tasting Notes: Deep cocoa, walnut, and cherry, with lively acidity

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

Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic cane sugar.

Produced on equipment that also processes milk

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Tumbes is one of Peru’s more famous and established growing regions, hugging the border with Ecuador and sharing the latter country’s long history of cacao cultivation. Many of the varieties grown in Tumbes are the same as those grown in Ecuador—specifically Nacional, a white-seeded variety long prized for its delicate and exceptionally mild chocolate flavor. 

The cacao in this bar represents the combined efforts of 123 producers in six communities in the Tumbes region—Uña de Gato, Papayal, Cuchareta, La Palma, Casa Blanqueada, and Pampas de Hospital—all of whom export through the Norandino cooperative. These producers claimed a major prize in 2015, when their cacao was named among the 50 best in the world at the Cacao of Excellence competition.

We find that the cocoa and nut flavors in this chocolate make it exceptionally well-suited for baking and other culinary uses (mole, anyone?).

As with the El Platanal, we don’t add cocoa butter to this bar, so the melt is a little slower and the flavors more lingering.