Chocolate Monggo Raisin & Cashew Nuts from IndonesiaBy
Monggo is a Javanese word that translates to “Please, go ahead.” I’ve been going ahead with this brand for 2 1/2 years now. Chocolate Monggo didn’t make a great first or second or third impression on me. The bars were all the rage among the tourist community in Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia) when I first tried them in August 2009. Alongside my girlfriend, I re-tried a few in Bali 8 months later, still no more impressed. With the Chocolate Republic firmly underway, I asked my girlfriend-turned-wife to bring back a collection of Chocolate Monggo bars to give the brand range a fair assessment.
In 2009, the per capita consumption of chocolate in Indonesia was just a third of a kilogram. In Switzerland, the consumption per capita is over 10 kg. Monggo sources their cacao from Javanese, Sumatran, and Celebes plantations. As I researched the company, I could find nothing to suggest they’re a bean-to-bar manufacturer, and it would probably be overkill if they were. Chocolate Monggo likely is better than anything else out there in the Indonesian marketplace at present. Undeveloped Indonesian palates — and hell, foreign palates, too — wouldn’t know the difference if Monggo upped the quality by an order of magnitude. To Joe Tourist, Monggo bars are just a mementoes with Indonesian motifs on the wrapper to take back home and gift as souvenirs.
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