Krak Chocolade

No, the title of this post is not misspelt. Krak is based out of the Netherlands, hence the spelling of the word “chocolate”. From Cocoa Runners I learned that the founder, Mark Schimmel, started working in the kitchen at the young age of 14 cleaning chocolate bowls used by pastry chefs. After becoming a pastry chef himself and working extensively with couverture chocolate, he wanted to explore the bean to bar process to understand how couverture was made. After purchasing a cocoa grinder from Dutch cacao trader Daarnhouwer, Krak began in 2013. The name comes from his taking a “crack” at making his own chocolate. I love how in Mark’s interview with Cocoa Runners he says he’s on a mission to “convince people that chocolate is not a candy”! Amen!

Cocoa Runner’s description for the Colombia Cordoba 70% bar says that the beans were lightly roasted and the chocolate experienced a “medium conche“, though I’m not sure what that means. Their tasting experience was that the bar had a strong body with a medium acidity, low bitterness, wine, red fruit and oak flavors. Mine was very different. The bar smelled like mangos and tasted like mangos. The medium acidity I did experience. The overall flavor reminded me of the aftertaste one experiences after having drunk orange juice. In a nutshell it’s the only way I can really describe it!

I liked this bar and I love Mark’s mission to help people understand that chocolate is like wine and cheese. It’s to be savored and not simply chomped on like candy. Thank you for your contribution in educating the public about chocolate, Mark!

Krak Chocolade: Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands

These are my personal thoughts and experiences. I did not receive pay or any compensation for reviewing any products. Though at the time of writing this post I am working in the chocolate industry, my work in the chocolate industry has no affect on my personal thoughts and experiences with the chocolate products shared on Time To Eat Chocolate. Website links to articles, companies and other sources of information directly related to the topic written within the posts were included during the time of writing and the writer will not be held responsible for future changes on such website links. All images are original and the property of Time To Eat Chocolate unless specifically stated otherwise.

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