Review of Ocumare Grand Cru Dark Chocolate
The Ocumare bar has a smooth mouthfeel and a floral, woodsy taste. While the Madagascar was very fruity, I found the Ocumare to be more earthy and to have a more subtle and delicate flavor. The texture was silky, and it seemed to have a smoky, dark and saavory finish. Although both bars had a 70% cacao content, the Ocumare seemed less dark, perhaps because of the smoother texture. I tried the Ocumare over the course of a few months, and it got consistently better over time. In the beginning it tasted a bit “green” and harsh, so I think it needed some time to sit and mellow. Fortunately, the bars are labeled with a lot number and a manufacturing date, so there is an easy way to monitor the age of your chocolate bar.
Review of Madagascar Premium Dark Chocolate
For pure snacking purposes, I would choose the Ocumare Grand Cru bar, but I am really interested in trying the Madagascar bar for baking. I think it would make a fantastic flourless chocolate cake, and the strong fruitiness would produce chocolate desserts that would pair well with berries or vanilla.
Over several tastings, I consistently found myself satisfied after only a few squares of Amano Chocolate, which to my mind is the sign of excellent chocolate—the complex flavors and rich chocolate are satisfying in a way that cheap chocolate never is. The bars are a little pricey for everyday snacking, but they’re a wonderful indulgence, and would make a great gift for the dark chocolate lover in your life.