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Chocolate Monggo Orange Peel 
Posted: 21 March 2012    6.0 
Chocolate Monggo Orange Peel 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.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.038   Cocoa %: 58  Size: 80g  Indonesian chocolate 
       


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 nightmares.       

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  Monggo makes dark chocolate in Indonesia. Do you like an Indonesian bar made in Yogyakarta. This bar has within it orange peel and the Chocolate Republic is impressed, my man.