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Guido Gobino Lattecacao 
Posted: 22 August 2014    8.5 
Guido Gobino Lattecacao from Italy Guido Gobino? What the hell was that? And it's been around for fifty years? In Turin, Italy?  Guido Gobino's Lattecacao is a well balanced bar, and it hits what you might call a magic sweet spot between milk chocolate lovers and dark chocolate lovers.  Grab if you can, but good luck finding one. Most people haven't even heard of Turin yet!   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.12   Cocoa %: 50  Size: 55g   
       


The Chocolate Republic was at a nadir.  Here I am, living in one of the great and polluted cities of Asia, and I am unable to find inspirational choices of chocolate bars to review.  All the mainstream favorites everyone else has tried have been (brilliantly) reviewed here, and I've been lucky to have friends from abroad send me care packages now and again.  But overall, I am stuck with having to go to the local grocery stores and pick up whatever it is I haven't tried, even if it's a mediocre brand I already know quite well.         

So it was a good day, indeed, when I met my wife for lunch near her workplace and she immediately handed me one of these bars from her hotel bakery.  Guido Gobino?  What the hell was that?  And it's been around for fifty years?  In Turin, Italy?        

These are the kinds of bars I love to sample.  I go into the tasting with no prior expectations, no biases whatsoever.  And this was a perfect first bar of this brand to try.   The Lattecacao consists of 50% cocoa solids.  Some brands would consider this a dark chocolate.  This cocoa range is a good middle ground,     

Guido Gobino is not a chocolate partnership between someone with the surname Guido and another with Gobino.  Guido Gobino is the name of an actual person, the current head of the operation.  Guido's papa, Giuseppe, joined a chocolate operation in 1964 as a production manager and became the sole owner in 1980.  At some point -- Guido doesn't say when exactly in the poorly constructed English on their web site, probably translated with Google -- "the real business endeavour of Guido Gobino begins," which I take to mean that the company became Guido's show.  Saying Guido Gobino is 50 years old as a company is stretching the truth quite a bit. Guido is dating the company from the second his dad showed up as an employee at another man's operation.           

All right  We'll cut the boy some slack.   The chocolate marketplace today is very crowded.  To get your bar tasted ahead of the competition, you need to highlight something not every chocolatier can boast about.  Age and tradition are two such boastworthy characteristics.          

Guido Gobino's Lattecacao is a well balanced bar, and it hits what you might call a magic sweet spot between milk chocolate lovers and dark chocolate lovers.  I prefer dark chocolate; my wife, milk.  Guido Gobino's lattecacao caters well to both markets and keeps marriages intact.  It's dark without being too dark, milky without being too milky.  Mulattos like Barack Obama and Halle Berry are likely to embrace this one.         

This is actually the type of chocolate that would work best in a chocolate cake or for a hot chocolate drink.  Its chocolate taste is distinctive enough to set it apart without bringing on a grimace from dark chocolate haters.           

Grab if you can, but good luck finding one. Most people haven't even heard of Turin yet!         

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 Whittakers Dark Mocha from New Zealand -- 62% cocoa solids
 Marou Lam Dong from Vietnam -- 74% cocoa solids
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