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Review: Guido Gobino Lattecacao
Guido Gobino Lattecacao
Posted: 22 August 2014
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!
price/gram: USD 0.12
Cocoa %: 50
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
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
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