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Review: Lotte Ghana Air
Lotte Ghana Air
Posted: 19 November 2010
Aeration adds the bubbles that make the chocolate lighter and quicker to mellt which brings about all the more intense flavors. High intensity can be greater when normal intensity is decent. But when normal is bad, higher intensity is just a more intense bad, exactly what you get when you bite into a piece of Ghana Air.
price/gram: USD 0.025
Cocoa %: 29*
*estimated cocoa solid percentage
Lotte's Ghana Air.
Sounds more like an airline. The Korean-Japanese mega
conglomerate launched their own "special" Ghana line of
chocolates. Ghana was probably not the best choice to
convey upper tier. Ghana is the world's second largest
exporter of cacao beans. A good number of chocolate
bars world wide come from Ghanan cacao. Well, on the
other hand, the Ghanan name fits the brand like a glove. The
Ghana line is no more elite or tasty than any of Lotte's
other offerings, and the Ghana Air is a helluva lot worse.
Ghana Air is aerated
chocolate. The Korean English on the cover reads
"Ghana Aeration Chocolate." Aerated chocolate is
chocolate with bubbly air holes within it. The airy
surfaces make the chocolate lighter and melt faster,
creating a more intense chocolate flavor. The most
common aerated chocolate bars that I know of offhand are
Nestle's Aero and
Cadbury's Flake. Neither of those bars is a
chocolate wunderkind, and yet Ghana Air can't even match
them in quality.
The Ghana Air, like the
Crunky, isn't one chocolate bar. It's eight tiny
individually wrapped bars placed on a sliding cardboard
tray. In fact, the individualized Crunky bars and
Ghana Air bars look identical to each other.
I love aerated chocolate and
just recently I tasted the Cadbury Flake Luxury. The
Ghana Air fell far short in the quality department. It
was as if the chocolate was off in some way. And
no doubt about it. This Ghana Air was way off the
Scale of Good Taste. It was the worst of all the Lotte
chocolates I'd ever tasted.
Here's the Chocolate
Republic's take on the mediocrity. Aeration adds the
bubbles that make the chocolate lighter and quicker to mellt
which brings about all the more intense flavors. High
intensity can be greater when normal intensity is decent.
But when normal is bad, higher intensity is just a more
intense bad, exactly what you get when you bite into a piece
of Ghana Air.
Ghana Air gets picked off the
shelves for the same reason the Crunky does. Consumers
want a bit of aeration in their lives and Ghana Air's the
only brand providing this breath of not-so-fresh air.
Let yourself suffocate instead of breathing in this toxic
Korea is home to Lotte, a Korean conglomerate. How is Korean chocolate? Try the aerated Ghana Air.
The chocolate is aerated chocolate with bubbly holes inside. Let the chocolate republic review it all with Doug of