Doug's Republic chocolate

   print this page   email this page   bookmark this page  subscribe to this site with an RSS feed  Feedburner Link

Bookmark and Share                                                            

 
Doug's Republic Home
Doug's Travel Stuff
Doug's Beer Republic
Doug's Chocolate Republic
- Chocolate Republic Homepage
- Overview
- Ratings Explained
- Big Guys vs Small Guys
- Chocolate Republic TV
- Search By Chocolate Bar Specs

Contact
Fair dinkum, mate. Keywords1

Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Sarotti No. 1 Dark With Cocoa Kernel Splinters

     
Sarotti No. 1 Dark With Cocoa Kernel Splinters 
Posted: 29 August 2011    8.0 
Sarotti No 1 Dark With Cocoa Kernel Splinters Sarotti deals with the bittrness in a very unique fashion. Inside the dark 75% chocolate are caramelized cocoa kernel splinters. 10% of the bar, to be exact. This sweetens the overall taste without adulterating the chocolate base. I was expecting another boring bar whose review I'd be phoning in. With the delicious cocoa splinters filling my mouth, I couldn't talk on the phone and had to show up in person.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.031   Cocoa %: 75  Size: 100g  German chocolate 
       


Incest can be pretty tasty once in awhile.  All right, before you start calling me a pervert, let me explain.       

Thailand is a lame country for chocolate varieties.  It very much caters to the largest multinational brands.  Nestle, Kraft, Lindt, Mars, Cadbury.  Finding anything amazing and consciousness altering is nearly impossible.  During my latest trip to the import market, I slouched as I walked among the chocolate aisles, sick of seeing another Frey or Milka. Been there, done that, my friends. 

Then, I noticed this guy, this Sarotti No. 1, the bar with an Italian sounding brand name but with German text written all over the front, stating it was made with the finest cacao from Sao Tome, a Portuguese-settled island nation off the coast of West Africa.  Sounded like a nice change of pace for the Chocolate Republic, which I feared was turning into Sweden during my last review.   

At 75% cocoa solid content, this is a real dark bar, and dark bars can be hit or miss.   The mistake most manufacturers make is to not deal adequately with the bitterness.  Sarotti deals with this in a very unique fashion.  Inside the dark 75% chocolate are caramelized cocoa kernel splinters.  10% of the bar, to be exact.  This sweetens the overall taste without adulterating the chocolate base.  I was expecting another boring bar whose review I'd be phoning in.  With the delicious cocoa splinters filling my mouth, I couldn't talk on the phone and had to show up in person.

Here's where the incest comes in.   Sarotti is the brand name, but Sarotti no longer exists as an independent company.   Multinational giant Nestle owned Sarotti until 1998.  Then, the company was sold to Stollwerck, a German concern.  In 2002, Swiss choco-giant Barry Callebaut AG acquired Stollwerck.  Do you remember Barry Callebaut, choco-holics?  My taste buds do.  Barry Callebaut manufactured most of the chocolate bars sporting the Carrefour brand name.  I was extremely fond of those bars when I could get my hands on them, which wasn't long.  Carrefour fled Southeast Asia and sold their stores in Thailand to Big C.  Bye bye went the Barry Callebaut bars as well as the very tasty frozen pizzas. 

The bar Barry manufactured for Carrefour was 72%.  This one's 75%.  The dark chocolate in both tastes virtually the same, but the Sarotti, with the cocoa splinters and the chic Italian-sounding name, trumps Carrefour's version on all counts.

Last month, Barry Callebaut sold Stollwerck -- which means Sarotti as well -- to the Baronie Group in Belgium.   Poor Sarotti's sure gotten tossed around like a hot potato in the last decade-and-a-half.  Sarotti is like the child always aiming to please who still gets booted out and put up for adoption.  Okay, Sarotti, no one loves you,  but to spare you any self esteem issues, we'll agree to call you 'Number 1' whenever you're around.

If you liked reading this, consider savoring these reviews:
 Whittakers Dark Block from New Zealand -- 47% cocoa solids
 Cadbury Roast Almond from India -- 24% cocoa solids
 The Complete Chocolate Republic Index


Doug's Republic chocolate


 

Copyright © 2009-2017. All Rights Reserved.

  



 
Computer Comprehensive Companion

 Keywords2 here