Monggo's orange peel doesn't stick very well. I've had worse orange chocolate bars in my life, some life threatening, but is it productive to console myself nearly every time I eat a loser orange that as bad as the bar was, it's probably not the worst I've ever had? There was as much inspiration in this bar as Jason Alexander's last two sitcoms.
price/gram: USD 0.038
Cocoa %: 58
You win some, you lose some.
Is that the unofficial slogan of Chocolate Monggo, a
chocolate operation based out of Yogyakarta on the island of
Java in Indonesia?
Chocolate Monggo is, pretty
much, playing on note over and over again, but with a
slightly different drum track. In one of their 58%
bars, they'll add
caramel; in another
ginger; and in this one, orange peel. There's
nothing wrong with this simple approach. A small
chocolate operation can't be spinning out six different
types of chocolate complete with different fillings without
costs escalating out of control.
But here's a piece of advice.
If you're a bare-bones chocolate operation, and using only
one type of chocolate for all your bars, then the
ingredients you insert into this chocolate had better be of
the finest quality and/or prepared in the most unique and
flavorful way. These additional ingredients remain
your only way of altering the taste of your chocolate.
I get the impression that
with Chocolate Monggo, the ingredients are just fillers,
Monggo's way of adding space just to have some way of
differentiating one bar from another. I expected bigger
things from the ginger
and the macadamia
nut. Even on the occasions when Monggo performed, like with
the raisin & cashew nut and the
praline, it felt like a Hollywood movie studio
taking a blind stab at success. If you throw enough stuff at the wall, some of it
will eventually stick.
Monggo's orange peel doesn't
stick very well. I've had
worse orange chocolate
bars in my life, some life threatening, but is it
productive to console myself nearly every time I eat a loser
orange that as bad as the bar was, it's probably not the
worst I've ever had? Monggo's insertion of orange peel
into their 58% is another wasted opportunity, another
blunder similar to their ginger. Nothing special has
been done with the orange nor is there a profuse amount of
oranges that my skin tone is likely to go orange.
There was as much inspiration in this bar as Jason
Alexander's last two sitcoms.
Clint Eastwood doesn't do
stand up comedy. Jerry Seinfeld doesn't do drama.
McDonald's doesn't do fine steaks. Laos doesn't do
high technology. To succeed, you find your
strengths and use them. Monggo is in Indonesia.
A durian or mango souvenir bar would've caused less