Here’s a food so fancy that the package includes its harvest year, batch number, cacao source, and allergens, but doesn’t bother with nutritional information. Glad to have it confirmed for me that artisanal chocolate transcends calories.
Potomac Chocolate is the one-man operation of Ben Rasmussen, who allegedly ate 3 Musketeers bars every day until a fine chocolate tasting party opened his eyes to a whole new, much more expensive world. Since 2010, he’s been popping out the good stuff, and already has won a couple of awards for his work. In 2014, Rasmussen unveiled an interesting new wrapping design that looks like a box, but is actually a plastic sleeve inside a horizontal sleeve inside a vertical sleeve.
Onto the bar itself. I like the little ladder design but it doesn’t snap easily where it is scored, instead cleaving into pretty little daggers and crags. Smells light and fruity, a bit like citrus. The darkness and the acidity hit at the same time. It’s like a cocktail chocolate with fresh raspberries, or red wine. A little dry and tannic on the tongue, but not overly so. The acidity flattens out slowly as it melts, leaving me with a coffee-like earthy impression at the end. An extremely complex product, it really does take only a little to satisfy a craving – not always the case for me, even with very high cacao percentages. Makes up for the sticker shock of $7.95 for 1.76 oz.
Found at Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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