Gand Cru Maracaibo

by Schönenberger
Info Details
Country Switzerland   
Type Dark   (65%; Batch 04915712F)
Strain Maracaibo   (Criollo group)
Source Venezuela   (Zulia; Lake Maracaibo)
Flavor Naked   
Style Classic      
Reality is now digital fantasy.

So, what sums up the new reality better than Microsoft's ad campaign: This is not just a laptop, this is not just a tablet... the one device for everything in your life: Surface.

Yes, from the depths of time emerges surface reality. An inch deep, a mile wide.

Perfect with ZX, that line of *indoor* clothing, standing for Zero Exposure. Then have these insulators delivered right to the doorstep by, what else,

Oh, no, no, no, silly simps, the more inverted / perverted, the more genuine it actually all is.

Douglas Hofstadter, best known as the author of GEB, that touchstone of AI, discourses in his latest book -- Surface & Essences -- on analogies, those mental leaps so stunningly complex that it’s a computational miracle: somehow the brain strips away irrelevant surface details & extracts the gist, its “skeletal essence,” & retrieves, from one's own repertoire of ideas & experiences, the story or remark that best relates.

Unless, of course, everything just plays on the surface. Which avoids thinking by shutting it down. Shutting off the inner workings… the backstage of thought, the crumbs of unconsciousness of William James' 1890 classic Principles of Psychology.

Here's a perfect 2-dimensional bar to fit the reality screen.
Appearance   3.5 / 5
Color: pseudo-Dark Milk with blush tease
Surface: messed with
Temper: semi-gloss
Snap: punches higher than its thin pour
Aroma   7.8 / 10
masculine cologne scent -- cedar with a vanilla top note -> lit cigarette
off-character for the region until it aerates a pin shaft of strawberry
Mouthfeel   11.6 / 15
Texture: Wax Factor™
Melt: overly measured
Flavor   41.9 / 50
vanilla charms -> cocoa butter -> simpering cocoa -> faint & fading fruit (that strawberry from the Aroma) cocoa-caramel collapses in cream -> honey drop
Quality   15.3 / 20
The wrapper reads Product of Switzerland (click image upper right to enlarge). Emphasis product.

Schönenberger rather than Scharffenberger, though the two might be confused nowadays. The latter, once acquired by Hershey's®, slipped off the radar screens of premium chocolate except for its Maker's Series. The former appears to outsource the whole shebang to one of Switzerland's co-packers to thus concentrate on branding instead.

Über Swiss process. A Semi-Dark by nature roasted up & vanillized to a Dark countenance. Then too much sugar &, moreover, cocoa butter suppress the lone fruit offset in this traditional simple complex. Hachez's similarly addled Maracaibo comes to mind.

Unsurprisingly good staying power / constancy though, largely on the strength of the Maracaibo pedigree -- one benign enough to dispense with at least some of the adornments & bump up 8 to 10 percent more cocoa mass.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, lecithin; CBS (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio): ~4:7:6

Reviewed March 3, 2014


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