Doug's Republic chocolate

   print this page   email this page   bookmark this page  subscribe to this site with an RSS feed  Feedburner Link

Bookmark and Share                                                            

 
Doug's Republic Home
Doug's Travel Stuff
Doug's Beer Republic
Doug's Chocolate Republic
- Chocolate Republic Homepage
- Overview
- Ratings Explained
- Big Guys vs Small Guys
- Chocolate Republic TV
- Search By Chocolate Bar Specs

Contact
Fair dinkum, mate. Keywords1

Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Valrhona Caraibe

     
Valrhona Caraibe 
Posted: 7 May 2013    8.0 
Valrhona Caraibe from France Could be all that reggae wafting through the Caribbean. I felt the Caraibe had a lighter, bolder, more laid back flavor than its slightly darker South American cousin Guanaja and its African lover Manjari.  I didn't get a chance to try this bar high on marijuana, Caribbean style, the way Caribbean bred Bob Marley would've ingested it. Then again, I also didn't get a chance to father thirteen kids like Bob Marley did.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.075   Cocoa %: 66  Size: 20g  France 
       


Harmonious and sensual.  That's the name of the game with Valrhona's Caraibe bar according to the manufacturer.  One guess as to where the Trinitario beans in this bar come from:  1) Africa  2) South America  3) South Pacific  4) the Caribbean.  Hint:  read the name of the bar again.         

Valrhona doesn't mention which Caribbean countries it sources the beans from, so like the Abinao, I have to conclude those countries vary from year to year.  This bar was one among four varieties in a Valrhona taster pack my wife picked up at her hotel bakery during a special chocolate promotion.  Two of the bars, the Guanaja and the Jivara, were favorably reviewed about two years ago at the Chocolate Republic. The 8-bar taster pack, two of each variety, spans the chocolates from 33% all the way up to 70%   

There's something to be said for Valrhona producing the Caraibe at 66% alongside the 70% of Guanaja.  Lesser manufacturers wouldn't dare do this, as the cocoa percentages are almost identical.  Valrhona distinguishes the two by their bean source.  Where Caraibe comes from some unnamed Caribbean locale(s), Guanaja is sourced from South American beans. And I didn't even mention the Manjari bar yet at 64%, whose beans hail form Madagascar.            

Could be all that reggae wafting through the Caribbean.  I felt the Caraibe had a lighter, bolder, more laid back flavor than its slightly darker South American cousin Guanaja and its African lover Manjari.   I can better picture a sign on the Caraibe welcoming visitors to the world of dark chocolates.   Valrhona may have hit their sweet/bitter spot with this one, showing off what they can do with fine cacao beans without entirely alienating masses more accustomed to bittersweet or milk chocolates.         

I didn't get a chance to try this bar high on marijuana, Caribbean style, the way Caribbean lover Bob Marley would've ingested it.  Then again, I also didn't get a chance to father thirteen kids like Bob Marley did. Don't let the bar's Caribbean origins give you any shady ideas, such as smoking a chocolate bar or feeding this premium bar to thirteen different children.  In my opinion, it's best sampled celibate and completely sober.       

If you liked reading this, consider savoring these reviews:
 Willies Peruvian 70 from UK -- 70% cocoa solids
 Lindt Les Grandes White Almond from Switzerland -- 21% cocoa solids
 The Complete Chocolate Republic Index


French chocolate


 

Copyright © 2009-2017. All Rights Reserved.

  



 
The Busy Person's Guide To Insanely Interesting Beer Bullshit

  Caraibe is dark Valrhona chocolate. Like dark chocolate? The bean flavor here comes from the Caribbean. Bob Marley loves French chocolate.