QANTU MAPLE & MARAS FLEUR DE SEL

60% CHUNCHO CACAO DARK CHOCOLATE


SILVER INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE AWARD WORLD 2017

BRONZE MEDAL ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATE AWARD 2018

SILVER INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE AWARDS AMERICAS 2019


Cacao Origin: La Mar, Ayacucho, Peru


Ingredients: organic cocoa beans, pure maple sugar, organic cocoa butter, fleur de sel


A tribute to caramel fleur de sel. The cocoa beans come from tremendous wild trees of over 60 years old, this delicate dark chocolate proves its nobility by combining floral and nuts flavors. The sweetness of Chuncho cocoa marries perfectly with pure maple sugar and Maras fleur de sel.


Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

Brown color ****

Aroma: maple brownie, nutty, sea breeze, floral

Mouthfeel: warm with the sea breeze variations

Texture: very creamy


Snap: soft

Structure/Hardness: ***

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Roundness: ********

Sweetness: *****

Aromatic finesse: ********

Acidity: **

Astringency: ***

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Flavor profile: you can sense the mouthwatering texture by receiving an electrical message directly to the brain of maple, sacher-torte cake with apricot preserves, salted caramel pudding, exceptional "caramelle al malto di riso" flavor, caramelized toasted nuts, light saltiness combined with sea breeze vibes. Hints of fragrant and slightly bitter crystallized lilac note in the end on the tip of the tongue with a distinctive citrusy taste and floral-pungent overtones. Maple-chocolate finish showing a more biting savory dry back taste.


This is such an eye-opening tasting experience that allows us to understand the plight of the craft chocolate movement and the varied responses that different artisan makers have towards the same market demands; and in all of these initiatives, this is absolutely the best salt-inclusion dark chocolate bar I have ever tried and more. As a maple sugar enthusiast, I sampled several options but just Qantu developed the perfect synergy of flavors between cacao origin, sugar and salt that provides an unparalleled enjoyment for the palate. I would have given a Gold Award as a certified chocolate judge without any doubt. Fair warning, the lightweight mouthfeel weakens the self-control and the mind might open up at any moment to swallow every bit of it with relish. Enjoy!


Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.