This bar was a gift from Martin of SeventyPercent.com who brought it back from a recent trip to Ecuador. Thankfully though, it is quite readily available online both in the UK and US, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting hold of a bar.
Pacari are a family owned Ecuadorian bean-to-bar chocolate maker. They use local, fairly traded, organic ingredients and produce their chocolate ethically and sustainably.
This particular bar is made with wild Andean blueberries, and lots of them. You might think blueberries don’t have much flavour, but the whole, dried berries in this chocolate are concentrated to the point that they’re actually quite tart.
Getting to that flavour isn’t easy though, as the pieces are quite hard and don’t fully release they’re flavour until you chew them a little.
The chocolate is made from local Arriba beans and evaporated cane juice. At 60% cocoa solids, it’s not the richest chocolate in the world, but that little bit of extra sweetness does work well with the blueberries. It’s a flavour that changes dramatically depending on how you eat it – let it melt slowly and the flavours are sweet and floral, but bite or chew a piece quickly and the deeper, richer notes combine with the blueberry to give an entirely different experience.
This 50g bar is all too easy to eat in one go. It’s not the most sophisticated bar of chocolate in the world, but it’s still very pleasant. And of course, it’s packed with anti-oxidants and other good things, so even if you do scoff it down in one, there’s no need to feel too guilty.