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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Sarotti No. 1 Dark With Orange Peels

     
Sarotti No. 1 Dark With Orange Peels
Posted: 8 September 2011    7.5 
Sarotti No.1 Dark With Orange Peels I continued my love affair with the Sarotti family by taking the Dark 75%'s sister, this 72% dark, with candied orange peels, out for a date. A more mundane chocolate manufacturer would just wheel out the same 75%, but instead of cocoa kernel splinters, they'd stuff the bar with the orange peels. Not the sexy Sarottis. With 72% cocoa solids, this bar has almost the identical cocoa solid content as the 75%. The catch is that this bar's cocoa is sourced from Papua New Guinea; the 75%'s came from Sao Tome.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.031   Cocoa %: 72  Size: 100g  German chocolate 
       


We all know what it's like to feel jilted, don't we?   Say we're dumped by someone we perceive to be oh so special.  "How will I find another person as special as my previously [probably vastly overrated] flame?" we ask ourselves.  We date again and all the new romantic possibilities start blending into each other and seeming exactly the same as we compare the new prospects to the divine one we lost.  Discouraged, disheartened, we retreat into a shell and swear we will never love again. 

The Chocolate Republic was in that state just a few weeks ago.    I had sampled some great chocolate in the past, most of it sent by fans from abroad.  Then the love ceased.  I was "dumped."  I tried to go out and "date" other bars, but none lived up to the quality I'd been sent from abroad earlier.  Bars began tasting and looking the same.  Guess what happened?  I retreated into a shell and swore I would never eat another chocolate bar again.        

Well, until I came across the sexy-looking Sarotti No. 1 range.   I dipped my feet in the waters by trying the Sarotti No. 1 Dark 75% with Cocoa Kernel Splinters.  The cocoa beans are sourced from Sao Tome.   I never fooled myself that these were bars crafted using grandma's old fashioned recipes.   Sarotti is now owned by a huge conglomerate just like nearly every other chocolate purveyor offering its merchandise in Thailand. What sets Sarotti apart from the others are the little touches. The other multinational choco-makers have a milk mistress, a bittersweet, a dark.   They use multinational recipes that do the job, but don't set the world on fire.  Sarotti, in their 75% Sao Tome bar, added delicious cocoa kernel splinters to a very dark bar to create something special.  The price, too, was low.  I felt like I was learning to love again.     

I continued my love affair with the Sarotti family by taking the Dark 75%'s sister, this 72% dark, with candied orange peels, out for a date.  Here's where Sarotti starts to show off their originality.  A more mundane chocolate manufacturer would just wheel out the same 75%, but instead of cocoa kernel splinters, they'd stuff the bar with the orange peels.  Not the sexy Sarottis.  With 72% cocoa solids, this bar has almost the identical cocoa solid content as the 75%.  The catch is that this bar's cocoa is sourced from Papua New Guinea; the 75%'s came from Sao Tome.  Sarotti wants to impress us by juggling fillings and cacao flavors. 

72% bars can be bitter, and Sarotti knows how to dry the tears with the insert of candied treats.  Why didn't other manufacturers think of that?  Sarotti delivers a bar exceeding what you would expect from a multinational and at a price that leaves excess change in the wallet and a smile on the face.      

Danke, Sarotti.  You taught me to love again!  

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