Cocoa Nuts

by Moho
Info Details
Country Belize   
Type Beans   
Strain Criollo   (partially)
Source Belize   (Toledo District; Moho River Valley)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Old School      
Moho's direct sales force often can be seen greeting passengers on cruise ships that pull into the nearby port. Yep, destination Chocolate Belize.

Tourists disembark for the afternoon to sip & sample the local delicacies, including cacáo / cocoa / chocolate. Before returning onboard, they naturally buy souvenirs for the folks back home (or to keep as their own).

Bars, of course, melt. These roasted nuts don't.

Unwinnowed / unshelled. Let gringo & gringa do all the work.

Very smart... on Moho's part.
Appearance   3.9 / 5
Color: hoary shells; dark crenelated interiors
Surface: mostly mid-sized flats
Temper: parched skins; dehydrated nuts
Snap: kindling
Aroma   8.7 / 10
arid & clean
as much a dried wood pile as a sweaty ferment pile
Mouthfeel   12 / 15
Texture: snapping crunch
Melt: half-life... never fully disintegrates
Flavor   47.3 / 50
those only in Belize chicle bubble yum / cotton candies (red grapes & pink melons) -> banana (almost obligatory with Nibs) -> walnuts to pistachios, the latter signaling green vegetal action (artichoke & savory lettuces -- arugula / purslane) -> light bitters -> low vinegar -> back recess groundnut to foreshadow earth / dirt / cocoa in a chocolate bar -> woods out, then goes into a yucca fries finish
Quality   18.1 / 20
Peeling these proves well worth the labor-intensive effort.

Preternaturally kind. Some of the kindest anywhere, without being sheepish either.

Archetype of fabled Belizean cacáo.

These erstwhile seeds skirt the challenging ferments coming from Moho's sister organization Maya Mountain Cacao. Their only rival from the area: Cyrila's Nibs. Both are great; each is distinct. This here really spins the colorful flavor wheel irrespective of their latent state. They provide a clear window onto their eventual transformation into chocolate. Rare for cocoa nuts to project so directly.

Once gobbled, Moho's cocoa surely serve as souvenirs in the memory bank.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa nuts

Reviewed February 21, 2014


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