Manufaktura Czekolady 70% Ghanaian With Sea Salt

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Manufaktura Czekolady 70% Ghanaian With Sea Salt

This is the second chocolate bar from Manufaktura Czekolady we’ve reviewed and this one came to us courtesy of Chocolatiers.co.uk.

Manufaktura Czekolady are a Polish bean-to-bar chocolate maker, and this particular bar is made with 70% Ghanaian cocoa beans. That’s somewhat unusual for a small artisan chocolate maker, as Ghana is better known for its bulk cocoa than fine flavours. The bar Simon reviewed last year also used Ghanaian beans but the company does make chocolate using cocoa from other origins as well.

Manufaktura Czekolady 70% Ghanaian With Sea Salt

Like the other bars in the range, this one comes wrapped in thick, textured paper and gold foil. When you unwrap it, you’re immediately hit by a wave of intense, chocolatey aromas. This is certainly not a subtle bar of chocolate, but it is very inviting.

It’s not just the chocolate that’s intense either. There’s a generous – if somewhat uneven – sprinkling of salt on the underside which hits you the moment you place a piece on your tongue.

Manufaktura Czekolady 70% Ghanaian With Sea Salt

Nothing about this chocolate is understated. It’s incredibly dark and chocolatey, but it lacks the refined flavour notes of finer quality cacao. There’s a slight hint of fruitiness to it, but the overwhelming feeling I get when eating it is a memory of when I first tried dark chocolate as a child. It’s robust, slightly bitter, and very, very nice.

It’s the kind of chocolate that kicks you in the face, but leaves you coming back for more. Or maybe that’s just me.

This probably isn’t the kind of thing that someone who only ever eats milk chocolate would enjoy. But I like it a lot, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something a little different.

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Comments On This Post

  1. Thanks God I am from Poland and hopefully I will visit Manufaktura next month :))

  2. Ron P.

    According to another source — http://www.c-spot.com/chocolate-census/bars/bar/?pid=1555 — Manufactura Czekolady is the Polish name but internationally they are branding themselves as “Chris and Tom’s Chocolate”. Their new labels reflect this so the bar reviewed here must be a bit older.

    • Dom (Chocablog Staff)

      I can’t see that article or find any other reference to the name, but I’ll take your word for it. The bar is imported directly from the manufacturer and isn’t old though.

  3. Ron P.

    To be candid, I like Manufaktura Czekolady better than Chris and Tom’s. Sure it is hard to pronounce but it is unique, while the other is generic to me.