I learned of Areté through fellow chocolate blogger Trish of Eating the Chocolate Alphabet. I’ve also seen this name floating around Instagram several times, so I wanted to try a bar for myself. Areté was started started by David and Leslie Senk in 2014 and the name comes from the Greek word for “excellence”. They make their chocolate in small batches, sometimes roasting only 6 pounds of cacao at a time and only making 100 bars per batch. They were featured in a Forbes slideshow of “The Most Delicious Chocolates To Buy Now”, though Forbes needs to work out which pictures are paired with which bars because it’s a complete mess!

The scent of this bar reminded me of fruity coffee, just like the Birdie Blend coffee I just tried from Rare Bird Coffee Roasters 🙂 (Not sponsored, by the way! Just a fan of their coffee.) I experienced a strong raisin flavor that turned chocolaty and slightly tannic as my bite melted. In my second bite I tasted a roasted flavor that developed as my bite melted and mild acidity but I still tasted the raisin.

I liked this bar a lot! It didn’t last long in my hands and I’m convinced that I definitely need to try more Areté bars when I next get the chance!

Areté: Made in Milpitas, CA

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