I begin my Chocolate Tour in Peru, home of Machu Pichu and the Inca people. OK, actually in Aldi with their Moser Roth 62% Peruvian chocolate.
My image of Peru is one of blue skies and sand underfoot, an image derived from my grandmother’s holidays photos over a decade ago. And silver. Lots of silver, probably because she brought us girls back pieces of Peruvian silver jewellery.
My research tells me this image is perhaps not wholly incorrect, but Peru doesn’t have a single climate. It ranges from the sandy Pacific coast to the rainforests of the Amazon to the mountains of the Andes.
The chocolate – I’ve no idea what type; the packet doesn’t say – is a rich dark chocolate. In the way of wines, different regions produce different flavours in the cacao bean. The chocolate packet tells me that Peru’so climate, ideal for the cacao tree, produces a fruity cacao flavour.
Whether or not it’s because of the climate, I don’t know, but certainly, beneath the pleasingly roasted tones, I detect the hint of red fruits. Of Autumn berries and bonfire smoke.
It actually put me in mind of a delicious red wine I had recently, of which, for once, I could actually smell and taste the fruits the label suggested I should – the Portuguese Lobo e Falcao, if you’re interested; very smooth, very delicious.
Back to the chocolate. Aldi sells it in packets of five individually wrapped bars of 25g. This is ideal if you’re the sort of person who can’t just eat four squares of an open bar and leave it at that.
The ingredients are limited – cacao mass and butter, sugar, emulsifier, and ground vanilla – and 99.5% certified fair trade. The bars snap cleanly and the texture is consistent. Across all five bars. Had to check to make sure.
All in all, the Moser Roth 62% Peruvian single origin chocolate is a wonderful chocolate experience. Highly recommended.