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Review: La Molina Le Miscele At Latte
La Molina Le Miscele Al Latte
Posted: 11 September 2011
The quality of the 36%
Le Miscele Al Latte crept up on me, like many a good milk chocolate bar does. On the first bite, I thought the bar was okay, balanced, tasty, but not worth the prices charged for it. By the fourth block, I knew
I was in the presence of craftsmen. La Molina might not go well on a pizza, but it's fine for everything else.
price/gram: USD 0.091
Cocoa %: 36
It's about time Italy had a
bar represented at the Chocolate Republic. Let's be
honest. No one thinks of Italy when they think
of fine chocolate. They think of Switzerland,
Belgium, maybe France or Germany. Italy? It's a
good place to take a canal ride, grab a pizza, and get shot
I saw this bar in my package
from Aussie Dave and initially wondered what kind of crack
pipe had he been smoking. A plain red wrapper with the
cocoa solid percentage on the front; the silhouette of a
woman on the back with sparse English and Italian text.
No glorified descriptions of exotic flavors to be tasted, no
adulterated fantasized version of the company's past.
La Molina has
been around since 2000, started by brothers Riccardo and
Massimiliano Lunardi. Their father had a bakery near
Pisa in Tuscany, and the bros spent years making pastries.
The company claims it sources its cacao beans from small
my research, I found that the company is known for its
unusual taste combinations inspired by the traditions of
Tuscany. Yours truly didn't get to sample any unusual
combinations, and that's probably a good thing. Fancy
combinations can shield the mediocrity of the underlying
chocolate. A simple milk chocolate tasting is
the best way to gauge whether the company has solid
I anticipated La Molina was
more than up to the task when I investigated their chocolate
range. The typical manufacturer will have a milk
(cocoa solids: 30-35%), a bittersweet (40-50%), a light dark
(60%), and maybe a heavy dark (75%). La Molina isn't
scared to not spread their offerings by huge differentials.
Notice their milk range has a 33%, 36%, and 39%.
Enlist Cadbury to make a 33%, 36%, and 39% bar and they'd
all taste the same, and Cadbury knows it, which is why
they'd never do it.
The quality of the 36% Le
Miscele Al Latte crept
up on me, like many a good milk chocolate bar does. On
the first bite, I thought the bar was okay, balanced, tasty,
but not worth the prices charged for it. By the
fourth block, I knew I was in the presence of craftsmen.
I gave a piece to my wife. She loved it and for a
small period of time afterwards, Italian food, accents, citizenship,
and Mussolini's Fascist philosophies were pleasing concepts to her. Only
then did I try to dig up some background information on this
brand I'd never, ever heard of.
La Molina might not go well
on a pizza, but it's fine for everything else.