Monggo was likely no more generous with the cashew nuts here than they were with the macadamia nuts
in their Macadamia bar, but the thicker size of their
souvenir bar means more nuts enters the mouth with each given chew -- or it seems that way. Monggo doesn't list nut percentages on the back wrapper. I assume that means there aren't many nuts contained within. In light with the Monggo brand overall, assume the cashew nuts and raisins used are of suitable but not premium quality.
price/gram: USD 0.033
Cocoa %: 58
Monggo is a Javanese word that translates to "Please, go
ahead." I've been going ahead with this
brand for 2 1/2 years now. Chocolate Monggo
didn't make a great first or second or third impression on
me. The bars were all the rage among the tourist
community in Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia) when I first tried
them in August 2009. Alongside my girlfriend, I
re-tried a few in Bali 8 months later, still no more
impressed. With the Chocolate Republic firmly
underway, I asked my girlfriend-turned-wife to bring back a
collection of Chocolate Monggo bars to give the brand range
a fair assessment.
In 2009, the per capita
consumption of chocolate in Indonesia was just a third of a
kilogram. In Switzerland, the consumption per capita is over
Monggo sources their cacao from Javanese, Sumatran, and
Celebes plantations. As I researched the company, I
could find nothing to suggest they're a bean-to-bar
manufacturer, and it would probably be overkill if they
were. Chocolate Monggo likely is better than anything
else out there in the Indonesian marketplace at present.
Undeveloped Indonesian palates --- and hell, foreign
palates, too -- wouldn't know the difference if Monggo upped
the quality by an order of magnitude. To Joe Tourist,
Monggo bars are just a mementoes with Indonesian motifs on
the wrapper to take back home and gift as souvenirs.
The Raisin & Cashew Nuts is a
block bar. What I mean by that is that Monggo's
souvenir bar is
smaller in length but thicker than the larger-seeming 80
gram tablet bars. The horrendous macadamia bar may have
benefitted from extra girth rather than being overly thin
with too few nuts. Monggo was likely no more
generous with the cashew nuts here than they were with the
macadamia nuts there, but the thicker size of their souvenir
bar means more nuts
enters the mouth with each given chew -- or it seems that
way. Monggo doesn't list nut
percentages on the back wrapper. I assume that means there aren't many nuts contained within, according to
Knell's Law of Ingredient Omissions. If 50% of the
ingredients were composed of nuts, you can be sure we
would've seen that plastered all over the wrappers.
Every Monggo bar proudly proclaims "100% Cocoa Butter" on
it. If 50% of the cocoa butter were removed and palm
oil substituted, the label would not read "Contains 50%
Cocoa Butter." The cocoa butter boast would be removed
altogether. In light with the Monggo brand
overall, assume the cashew nuts and raisins
used are of suitable but not premium quality.
When you're in Rome, I'd
advise you to eat Italian food; when in China, on Chinese.
nack on this one if you consider
yourself a fruit and nut lover as you travel in Indonesia.
Do so out of respect for the land you're visiting, not to
fool yourself you're eating fine chocolate. You'll
need to drink a lot of alcohol to convince yourself this is
truly splendid stuff, and Indonesia, mostly Muslim, isn't a
great place to buy alcohol -- or still, to get great