Various Bars

by Le Caméléon
Info Details
Country Mexico   
Type Flavored   (54% cacáo-content)
Strain Criollo   (advertised as such)
Source Mexico   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Old School      
A Daily Chocolate Trifecta –- 3 reviews in 1. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect a composite average of each bar's individual measures.


The Frenchified name "Le Caméléon"…. "mexicanismo" heritage of Spaniards &/or mestizo… Day of the Dead graphics (click image at right to enlarge), chocolate manufactured in Belgium… what to make of all this pretense.

For the super authentic re-enactment, take a bite of it at the Grutas de Juxtlahuaca ("Grottos of Juxtlahuaca"), in front of the were-jaguar cave painting, the scene of perhaps the 1st recorded human sacrifice in the Americas.

Once inside the “operating theater”, curanderos (shamans) shall prescribe more cacáo to treat the twin conditions espanto & gusto (fear & anxiety). Their act of kindness carries the added benefit of distracting the evil which caused the espanto & gusto in the first place.

the blood Red Jaugar; Grutas de Juxtlahuaca
Appearance   3.2 / 5
Color: mud
Surface: welts & pelts
Temper: scratchitti
Snap: big plunk
Aroma   7 / 10
Cacao Criollo
a bed of dried flowers-spices over decomposing mulch

pipe 'n tobacco

steaming tar 'n nicotine… & mainly the former
Mouthfeel   11.3 / 15
Texture: fine grit
Melt: medium-pace characterized by a sudden collapse at the midpoint
Flavor   40.1 / 50
Cacao Criollo
vanilla Milk Chocolate caramel -> cherry blossom

popcorn hard on the heels of chocolate & stay on it… rising heat in the aft-corridor engulfs the whole chamber flanked in cinnamon -> parting coffee

the now same familiar Semi-Dark chocolate teeming with vanilla &, similar to Mole (above) rising from a heat vent some pepper -> antique wood finish supplied by the chipotle -> ditto the smoked cocoa
Quality   14.6 / 20
Cacao Criollo
54%; Batch 141001
Some Belgian couverture pulled off the shelf pumped with sugar & vanilla than sprinkled with "Criollo nibs", perhaps the full extent of that varietal's contribution to this bar.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, Criollo nibs

54%; Batch 141015
Unconvincing & who cares… good, such as it is. Most would swear on corn thrown in the mix but apparently none added. Less môlé than just some well combo'd spices (peppers of course) & fruit (cacáo). And all under control.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, chilis (mulato; ancho; pasilla; chipotle) wafer, salt, peanut, garlic, sesame, plaintain, spices

54%; Batch 141015
A stripped-down version of Mole (above). For a gen'l audience presentation, sample this first, wait awhile, then bump up to the Mole complex.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, chipotle chili

Capsule Summary
Make-believe premium chocolate.

Reviewed April 14, 2015


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