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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Dagoba Mint

     
Dagoba Mint 
Posted: 14 October 2010    5.0 
Dagoba Mint The 59% dark chocolate was okay, but okay's not good enough in the Republic's books. To deliver okay when you're being marketed in the press as sublime is going to get your penalized in this territory. The mint didn't add a sensation of extravagance to the final product.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.045   Cocoa %: 59  Size: 56g   
       


Dagoba's founder, Frederick Schilling, worked in a high-end restaurant in Colorado.  His exposure to high end chocolate there is what led to the later founding of Dagoba.  From all the information I've read, Schilling does not appear to have been trying to cash in on the organic-dark chocolate furor that ripped through premium supermarkets in the 2000's.  He's a man dedicated to bio-sustainability.   His interviews reveal someone keenly interested in the nuances of different cacaos the world over. 

So I actually feel somewhat guilty finding the Dagoba chocolates overrated.  The mint, with a darker base of 59% cocoa solids, doesn't fare much better than the Dagoba Milk did.  I'll admit that I'm not partial to mint.  Maybe that's because I've never been blown over by any single mint bar I've ever sampled, this one included. I do think that when you're a company whose chocolates are being hyped into the stratosphere and the prices charged are a premium over fine Swiss product, then you have an obligation to knock customers out in the taste department.  As of December 2009, Dagoba wasn't performing this duty.  I have to consider it ham chocolate -- (over) hyped artisanal merchandise. 

The 59% dark chocolate was okay, but okay's not good enough in the Republic's books.  To deliver okay when you're being marketed in the press as sublime is going to get you penalized in this territory.  The mint didn't add a sensation of extravagance to the final product.  The verdict:  have a buddy in Australia like Aussie Dave mail you over a few Nestle Club Extra Fine Mints on sale than pay a premium for another one of these.            

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  USA is home to some great goddam chocolate. AMerican chocolate can be good, mates. Dagoba based in Oregon loves to make mint chocolate, organic style. Founder Frederick Schilling enjoys dark chocolate and organic chocolate. Come visit the Chocolate Republic with Doug of Doug's Republic and taste a bar of chocolate