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Review: Chocovic Jaina
Posted: 13 October 2010
The Jaina had a nice snap, looked smooth, but its taste? You could take it or leave it, and at these prices, I'd be leaving it.
price/gram: USD 0.082
Cocoa %: 31
Who the hell is Chocovic?
I never heard of them, no one I asked ever heard of them.
Obviously, Aussie Dave heard of them. He sent me three
bars in a parcel he picked up at a Spanish
chocolateria in Melbourne. The bars were wrapped
in gold and ordained in silver. Aussie Dave wrote upon
them "Sacred Bars -- not to be sacrificed to the
uninitiated," meaning that I shouldn't let kids who'd be
content on 7-11 chocolate to go near them.
Aula Chocovic is a school in
Barcelona that specializes in chocolate.
According to their web site, Chocovic provides instruction
in the arts of "cake and pastry confection, restaurant,
catering, and ice cream making." Now they've expanded
to offer a range of chocolate bars with various
cocoa contents from different cocoa sources. For
example, Chocovic offers a 71% bar (Ocumare), made from
criolla cocoa beans from Venezuela. They also have
the 71% Guyave, made from trinitario beans from Grenada.
The bars have beautiful wrappers and feature interesting
names. One is conditioned to expect big things from these guys.
Aussie Dave's picks were from Chocovics' Selvatica Couverture line of bars, of which there
are four, ranging from 31% to 75%. The first bar I opened
was the Jaina, the white chocolate bar with 31% cocoa
content. Although white is not my favorite type of
chocolate, I wanted
to compare Chocovic's white with
and G & B's, all of
which were included in the same parcel.
The Chocovic bar was, by far,
the most expensive per gram of the three whites compared. In fact, the Jaina bar was more expensive than the G & B white and Lindt
Lindor white combined! It was also worse than the two
bars combined. The Jaina had a nice
snap, looked smooth, but its taste? You could take it or
leave it, and at these prices, I'd be leaving it.
I don't doubt Chocovic can
deliver the goods when it comes to professional baking
chocolate. That's a different animal. Maybe
their ice creams and pastries with chocolate are divine.
But I'm not reviewing such things here at the Republic.
I'm reviewing chocolate bars, and this one tanked. Were
it the price of a Lindt or G & B, I might have been inclined
to give it an average rating. The fact they're
charging some hefty moolah for a bar rather small in size
penalizes the rating further.
Chocovic seems to have a lot
in common with the U.S. government. Each sends
customers/citizens sizeable bills while delivering little in
Spain has Chocovic Selvaticas as a bar. It's Spanish chocolate, very white chocolate, with 31% cocoa solids. Like white chocoalte?
The Chocolate Republic with Doug at Doug's Republic reviews this great bar called Jaina.