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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Chocolate Monggo Dark 69%

     
Chocolate Monggo Dark 69% 
Posted: 22 March 2012    7.5 
Chocolate Monggo Dark 69% Put this Monggo 69% bar against all the other Monggo 58% bars I've tried, and the Monggo 69% does some serious pounding. The 69% chocolate is so much richer, fuller, and more substantial than the hollow 58% Monggo is passing off as export quality.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.038   Cocoa %: 69  Size: 80g  Indonesian chocolate 
       


Up till now, every single Monggo bar I'd ever tried consisted of Chocolate Monggo's 58% base, and I won't lie to be polite.  I was getting pretty f--king sick of it!  And then this bar appeared.  An extra fine dark, at 69%.  Monggo uses Indonesian imagery to draw the 6 and 9 on the front wrapper.         

Why did Monggo use 69%?  Perverts out there will suggest 69 was used because of its name as a sexual position.  Surf adult web sites, sickoes, not the Chocolate Republic!   Perhaps the founders were enamored with the musical changes taking place in 1969, the year of the Woodstock music festival in upstate New York.  Maybe they wanted to make this bar 71%, but were short the extra 2% cacao at the time.       

Actually, it doesn't matter why Monggo chose to go extra dark with 69%.  Personally, I was thrilled with that choice because it gave me an ideal chance to compare this bar alongside the recently tasted Willie's bar manufactured with Indonesian cacao, also containing 69% cocoa solids.  It's not often I get the chance to compare two bars of similar type, both containing identical cocoa solids and made from cacao in the same part of the world.         

It's not much of a contest.  In the one corner, Willie's Indonesian 69 is a chiseled well built block, developed by having to compete with the finest chocolates the UK has to offer. In the other, you have the sheltered Monggo 69% that only has to impress gawky eyed Indonesian yuppies who previously thought fine chocolate was a bar of Cadbury Malaysia with nutella smeared on top.  Willie's pounds the Monggo 69% so deep into the ground, I think we'd need mine-digging equipment to retrieve it.  Willie's is more than 50% more expensive per gram, but more than 50% better, too.      

But on another test, Monggo succeeds.  Isn't there an adage which says you shouldn't compare yourself to others?  Instead, why not compare yourself to yourself?  Are your growing, advancing, attaining?  Put this Monggo 69% bar against all the other Monggo 58% bars I've tried, and the Monggo 69% does some serious pounding.  The 69% chocolate is so much richer, fuller, and more substantial than the hollow 58% Monggo is passing off as export quality.  Unknowingly, I'd saved the best Monggo bar for last.      

I give Chocolate Monggo a lot of credit and wish the founders much success.  Yes, it's overrated chocolate, but can I fault these upstarts for riding the overhype bandwagon?  Chocolate Monggo is in the right place at the right time.  The higher quality chocolate wave is finally reaching Indonesia's shores, and Indonesians are now ready to fork out a little extra for better chocolate, better yet for them if it's from Indonesia.  The Monggo 69% can give everyone in Indonesia a little hope that this island nation doesn't need a Willie or a Van Houten to turn its native cacao into something edible.                

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  Monggo makes extra dark chocolate in Indonesia. Do you like an Indonesian bar made in Yogyakarta. This bar has within it 69% cocoa solids and the Chocolate Republic is impressed, my man.