Gourmet supermarket in Dean& Deluca in NYC has begun selling upmarket chocolate bars from a slew of Latin American countries as well as other destinations. About half of these Origin bars focus on Latin American nations. Each areÂ single estate chocolates and have the following percentages of cocoa: Costa Rica 38%, Venezuela 43%, Peru 64%, Ghana 60%, Costa Rica 64%, Papua New Guinea 64%, Madagascar 66% and Ecuador 71%. I Â have only tried the Peruvian version. It was quite good, though I don’t think these will match up to smaller artisanal, free trade brands such as Green & Blacks or Dagoba, though ti is nice to see someone putting out cocoa from some lesser known regions.
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