I have to admit, I’d never have purchased this bar if I had taken note of the price tag. Unfortunately, it was part of a big grocery purchase that included a couple of chocolates, and so I didn’t notice from a quick glance at the receipt that it cost way more than any of the others. Yes, I paid $16.95 for 2.12 oz of candy. Yes, people still mock me for this, and rightly so.
I’m not a brand or gourmet snob. My food preferences break down roughly 75% taste, 20% novelty, 5% presentation, and 0% brand/reputation/hype. So much about this seems pretentious. The all-white wrapping. The name, “Porcelana,” which I later learned evokes the World’s Most Expensive Chocolate Bar, the Porcelana bar made by Amadei. This chocolate is so expensive because it’s made with translucent white Venezuelan cacao, a very rare strain of the Criollo cocoa beans. If I’d had a more uppity knowledge of haute chocolate, I’d have known the price without looking at the tag. Live and learn.
So keeping that in mind, how does it taste? This bar has all the markings of very fine chocolate. It’s incredibly temperature-sensitive; just taking the first bite and a halo blooms around the corner where the heat from my lips has warmed it. Makes that snapping sound of a pure-cocoa product. The flavor is fruity, raspberry-tart, bright, a little dry. Delicate and sunny, not dark at all, and very smooth.
Found at Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
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