Today we’re exploring the tasty eats from Côte d’Or. Despite the fact that they’re owned by Kraft and are named for Ghana (where many of their beans have been sourced), Côte d’Or produces Belgian chocolate. How global!
The Noir Brut contains 86% cacao. I paid $6.99 for this 3.52-oz bar at Cardullo’s, making it one of their cheaper offerings – but one of my favorites from there so far. The elephant logo, seen both on their packaging and embossed on the chocolate itself, refers to the African origins of their cocoa beans.
By the way, the history of chocolate is intimately bound up with exploitation and colonization, which the bar design, unsurprisingly, does not manage to incorporate. In 2001, Kraft signed the Harkin-Engel protocol to use only beans that did not rely on child slavery and trafficking, and Côte d’Or is now Rainforest Alliance Certified for sustainability. But the politics and civil rights remain important to consider when thinking about the role of African countries in producing Belgian goods.
Whoa! Colonization aside, this is a damn good chocolate. It’s seriously smoky, reminding me of ancho chili and smoked almonds. Kind of like a good Mexican mole sauce, these savory and sweet elements blend beautifully. And it’s buttery at the finish. I also like the silver foil with its delicately etched cacao plants. Belgian chocolatiers, you’ve upheld your reputation for excellent craftsmanship with this one.
Found at Cardullo’s
6 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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