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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Madecasse Milk Chocolate from Madagascar

     
Madecasse Milk Chocolate 
Posted: 24 October 2012    8.0 
Madecasse Milk Chocolate from Madagascar Madecasse calls this one a 'a "dark" milk bar with clear notes of caramel.' And dark it certainly is. With 44% cocoa solids, Madecasse's milk is almost as dark as some other manufacturers' dark bars. I didn't taste the clear notes of caramel, mentioned on the back wrapper, but I will say I felt the bar to be "silky smooth" as acknowledged on the front wrapper.   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.079   Cocoa %: 44  Size: 75g   
       


I'd had the chance to try some version of Madecasse's Milk Chocolate when I sampled their excellent Arabica Coffee bar, which uses the same milk chocolate base.  On its own, shed of the arabica coffee beans, the bar is almost as good.       

Madecasse calls this one a 'a "dark" milk bar with clear notes of caramel.'  And dark it certainly is.   With 44% cocoa solids, Madecasse's milk is almost as dark as some other manufacturers' dark bars.  At these levels, I'm hard put to come up a competitor offering a darker milk chocolate bar.  The revered Dagoba's milk bar only has 37%.   Vastly overrated Australian Haigh's has just 32%.   The Japanese Meiji Hi-Milk is high on its own sense of self importance, measuring in at only 24%, the number most mainstream manufacturers cluster around with a milk chocolate bar.     

I didn't taste the clear notes of caramel, mentioned on the back wrapper, but I will say I felt the bar to be "silky smooth" as acknowledged on the front wrapper. The bar had a nice snap and a very rich chocolate taste per bite.  Other manufacturers would have no compunction calling this a dark bar.  

At this point in my Madagascan cacao tasting, I'm starting to believe there might really be something to the cocoa beans which hail from this African island.  Fifteen years ago, I tried hitching a boat from Mozambique to Madagascar with my then girlfriend.  The boat instead sailed directly to Kenya, and I missed out on visiting the island entirely.  Let's call the Madecasse pieces in my mouth a small consolation prize that at least my taste buds made it part of the way there.      

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