Box Chocolate Review

Cacao Chocolates

Info Details
Country USA   (Kittery, ME)
Style New School      
Susan Tuveson at Cacao Chocolates throws anything & everything into chocolate: curry, lemon grass, hemp, absinthe, maca, yohimbe, goat cheese, maybe even fleas, crushed ants, & Viagra too... just name it. Funtastic.
Presentation   3.6 / 5
Aromas   3.4 / 5
Textures/Melt   7.6 / 10
Shells: medium-gauge
Centers: vary but tend toward semi-thick
Flavor   42.8 / 50
fairly forward; strength thru balance
Quality   25.7 / 30
Symmetrical assortment with the highest of the highs & some lowest among the lows, including 1 of the stellar pieces in all of Chocodom – the vaunted Mayan truffle.
Couverture: Guittard
Creams & Nut Ganaches - slightly jejuene
White Chocolate - fruit creams; brilliantly bell-clear & palatial
Smoked Salt Caramel – an obstacle course of flavor w/ a little too much pull on the teeth
Mayan - the bejeweled gold-tipped berry ganache accented by bracing pepper crescendo; perhaps the single greatest vertical motion in truffledom harmony; at once elaborate & simple, w/ depth & scale; sneaks up & gains on you with a hot topnote that turns into a palette buster; passionate, thrilling & electrifying; Ek Chuah has landed... so worth celebrating
Licorice – tar & nicotine for jaded chocoholics; stubborn heavy-root taste darkens the mood
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