I wanted to try Mission Chocolate's Escuro 100% bar, but it was sold out at every venue I looked into. After scouring the web for about a month, I found the bar on a particular site. The site stated it was the last one in stock, so I made sure to place the order right away and was fortunate to obtain it. This was a major victory as far as I am concerned for a couple of reasons. While the obvious reason is because I wanted to savor the richness of cacao from Brazil, the other reason is that holding this bar in my hand is likely the closest I will be to making it to Brazil. Ah, yes, chocolate is a means for me to travel to places that I probably will never have the opportunity to visit in my lifetime.
All Mission Chocolate bars are encased in decorative wrappers. This one had a graceful floral pattern that was brought forward by a black background. The bar itself was wrapped in rose gold foil, which itself is quite stunning. As I removed the foil, a beautiful dark colored bar that looked like a brick pathway sat before me. This is a pathway you will want to follow, as it emanated a warm appealing earthy scent reminiscent of jasmine and grass.
This was a lively bar that was smooth in texture. It had a strong bitter cocoa start that encompassed some jasmine notes and ended on a nutty, seemingly toasted sesame note. Mind you, this bar is not for the faint at heart, as it does require a palate that appreciates bold and seemingly unconventional flavors. But if you are the kind of person that appreciates a spirited flavor adventure, or if you want to take a walk on the wild side and experience a unique taste bud party you will find this bar to be quite the treat, and you will thoroughly appreciate its long-lingering flavor.
You may be wondering whether there is a drink out there that could complement the strong character of this chocolate. The answer is an unequivocal yes! In fact, I learned of a great pairing as a result of a tasting I recently did where we experimented with a cocktail called The Penicillin made with blended scotch, lemon juice, honey-ginger syrup, and Islay single malt scotch (Click here for the recipe from Liquor.com). I sampled the hardy Mission Chocolate’s Escuro 100% bar and the mellow Creo Chocolate 100% bar with The Penicillin to see which of the two paired best with the cocktail. The Creo Chocolate 100% bar is the perfect bar for relaxing, as it has a soothing cocoa flavor. However, The Penicillin needed a chocolate that had more intense flavor to hold up to its peaty smoky aromatics and flavor, and Mission Chocolate’s Escuro 100% bar was perfect for the job.
Get your taste bud party started and awaken your senses with Mission Chocolate’s Escuro 100% bar!