Review – Dandelion Chocolate – Maya Mountain Belize
Dandelion Chocolate Maya Mountain
- Bean to Bar 70% Dark Chocolate
- Bean origin : Belize
Info on Label:
- Origin: Maya Mountain Cacao, Ltd., a social enterprise in southern Belize
- Made in San Francisco
Roast Profile done by Elman
Directly sourced by Greg
- Ripe pineapple, dark chocolate undertone; peaches and cream as aftertaste
- 2 Ingredients: cocoa beans and organic cane sugar
Hello Fellow chocolate Lovers!
Have you already heard of Dandelion chocolate?
If you have been travelling in the USA, maybe you have entered into one of their shops. Personally, I have discovered them in San Francisco, 4 years ago while visiting my cousin. I was “hooked” just by the ambiant smell in their shop!
A shop, that awakens your senses!
Look at one of the picture from Dandelion’s book: “Making chocolate”. On one of the pictures, you see the San Francisco’s shop. On one side, the shops opens on the street and offers a small coffee area. On the other side lays part of the production area with: the Refining and Conching machines, the storage shelves, the tempering machines and molding/wrapping workshops. Amazing right?
Can you “imagine” the powerful chocolate smell when you enter in the shop?
American Bean-to-Bar Pioneers
Dandelion is one of the bean-to-bar pioneers in the USA. Todd & Cam started in 2010 by sharing their craft chocolate with friends and family and then expanded since. In San Francisco, they roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch and temper small batches of beans. Then they mold and package each bar by hand. They source only high-quality beans and carefully craft tiny batches. Every time they try to bring out the individual flavors and nuances of each bean & batches.
Let’s talk about the bar & its taste?
- In smell: not so much happening. It smells a bit cocoa powder.
- In the mouth, it is a completely different story. It starts melting quite fast and a vivid dark chocolate taste covers your whole mouth and tongue. Some sweetness comes as well with a strong ripe pineapple taste. The chocolate is bitter and offers some light woody notes. I got surprised by several waves of acidity rolling in my mouth!
- Really delicious bar!
56g is unfortunately quite small and the bar “disappeared really fast”…
But I think Ray has more in his shop! Enjoy all!
Let me know in the comment if there is one specific bar you would like me to review?