Review: Dagoba Brasilia
The other day I stopped in at Whole Foods Market to get some Chocolove and ended up coming home with this instead. This was the first time I remember seeing this variety at the store and I really liked the sound of it so I decided to pick it up. Well, that and they were out of the Chocolove bar I wanted, but that doesn't matter. What matters is I bought an Organic Dagoba Brasilia bar and it was very good.
The Brasilia bar is a 37% cocoa content (they say cacao content on the wrapper) milk chocolate bar with coconut and Brazil nuts. The first thing I thought of when I saw coconut on the label was the traditional Mounds bar. A big fat wad of sweetened coconut enrobed in chocolate. I was very pleased to find that this was nothing at all like that. This is a chocolate bar with coconut in it, not coconut with a little chocolate on it.
Before I go any further I need to say this: I am by no means a chocolate expert. Prior to a month ago I had never tried single origin chocolate and I don't know how to properly taste chocolate and savor and apprecite it's nuances like a real expert. What I do know is what I like. And I like chocolate.
My inexpertise aside, I really enjoyed this bar. The chocolate didn't have the strong aroma of a dark chocolate and there was something I can't help but describe as earthy about it. It's something I seem to notice in each of the handful of organic chocolates I've tried so far. There is a hint of it in the taste as well. The chocolate is a very good creamy milk chocolate. The coconut in it seems like it might be raw (though I can't be sure) and adds a very faint hint of coconut flavor to the chocolate. The nuts I could tell right off were Brazil nuts (though the front label calls them 'exotic nuts') and they also added to the flavor of the chocolate. Between them the coconut and nuts did not overpower the chocolate but really complemented it. To me, that is what you are supposed to aim for in chocolates. You want the flavors to exist in harmony and with no single one overpowering or being overpowered by the others. And that is what I found in this bar. The flavors went very well together and nothing was too strong.
If I had to be forced to give it a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate it a 9.5. It has found a place on my short list of favorite chocolate bars.