I first saw Sol Cacao on Instagram, and I was captured by the bright, artistic pictures on their packaging. The first Sol Cacao bar I saw can be found here, and it’s also one I bought for my sister for her birthday since she loves bird watching.
There are so many chocolate maker and company names that I don’t know about. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of chocolate to try and share on here! Sol Cacao was definitely a new name to me, and since I figured I was getting a bar for my sister, I couldn’t resist grabbing one for myself.
Admittedly the bright red colors of the birds on the front caught my eye. (I don’t know what kind they are, but if my sister or anyone knows, I’ll give an update.) I also was interested because the cacao for this bar originates from Peru. Oro Verde, Peru, to be exact. One of my coworkers is from Peru and we always ask him about where to find the best Peruvian chicken and other fun questions, but when it comes to chocolate, he gets super excited and happy that his country is the source of many delicious cocoa beans.
What is Sol Cacao? It’s made up by Maloney Brothers who are Dominic, Nicholas and Daniel. They grew up in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago where they were surrounded by cacao trees and ate the local chocolate. I had no idea that cacao and chocolate were a huge part of Caribbean culture, but that’s what their website says. When the brothers moved to the Bronx, they had a hard time finding chocolate like the stuff they had at home, so they decided to bring that piece of their lives with them.
The tasting notes on the back of the package lists strawberry, plum and mango. With the help of Hazel Lee’s new chocolate tasting map, I smelled tart cherries and raisins. The chocolate first tasted like blackberries with strong astringency and a fruity bite to it like tart cherries. The flavors remained that way until the end where I tasted grape and wine, with the wine flavor remaining in the aftertaste.
I actually ended up getting all three of the Sol Cacao bars, but the blue bird one will be for my sister and the bar with trees on it will go to my brother for his birthday. I’m glad I had the chance to try them and hopefully they’ll expand to making other single origin bars in the future!
Earlier I mentioned using Hazel Lee’s chocolate tasting map. If you’re confused on what that is, check it out here! I seriously think it’s going to change the chocolate world because she’s addressing a big issue for those of us who taste chocolate often. If you’ve been reading my blog, I’m sure you’ve noticed my using the same or similar words often. That’s because many times I don’t even know how to describe what I’m smelling or tasting. This is the solution to our problems and I already enjoy using it!
Sol Cacao: Made in Bronx, New York
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