Marou Ben Tre Coconut Milk 58%

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When we acquired this bar we had the option of waiting for the finished product packaging to be released but opted not to. I specifically wanted this packaging because of where it came from. You see, Marou has this cafe/storefront/factory/patisserie in Vietnam called Maison Marou. I haven't had the opportunity to visit yet but I literally cried (from being inspired) when I watched the designing, decorating, and grand opening unfold on social media. Anyway, this packaging is what they use for their inclusion bars created and sold at Maison Marou.
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For the stamped description, they use letter forms that are molded into small rubber pieces which load into custom made stamps for labeling. So yeah, I had to have the one that came hand stamped all the way from Vietnam.
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Using cacao from the Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta, where cacao trees are planted among the coconut groves, they've created this inspired chocolate.
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Right off the bat, this thing smells incredible. Scents of cassia and traces of my mother's cinnamon covered pinecone potpourri make me nostalgic for my childhood. Upon tasting I was expecting the flavor of coconut milk to be pretty present but it is barely there. While I quite enjoy coconut milk I appreciate their perfect placement of it in this bar. Secondary to the beautiful notes of spices are subtle hints of almond, caramel, and coconut meat. Maybe even a little taste of cherry.
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This doesn't seem like a milk chocolate at all to me. It's still dark, just not tannic. How in the world did they create a 58% with such little coconut milk flavor that somehow still seems dark? It's actually kinda blowing my mind.

Emily Koons