Bremen-based chocolate manufacturers Hachez have recently launched a new line-up of their exquisite high-percentage cocoa chocolate (and you thought this post was about programming), named "Wild Cocoa" (link is in German). Here's how it looks:
Since Hachez chocolate can be safely considered to be among the top chocolates in the world and they're based in the city where I live, I thought it would be fitting if I as a Cocoa developer gave their new lineup a try.
I went to their cozy little downtown store and purchased a 100g bar of each of the flavours (45% cocoa and 70% cocoa, respectively) which cost me exactly € 6.00 - a price I'll gladly pay for great chocolate.
I tried the 45% one first and was a little disappointed by the whole milk chocolate taste. It didn't taste bad at all, but whole milk chocolate just isn't my cup of tea.
The 70% one, however, had a lot more intense cocoa flavour and matched my taste very well. Only my superior self-control and the promise of a hot meal in due time kept me from devouring it in its entirety right there, on the spot. It was mostly the self-control, really. I'd never lie to you.
All in all, the new brand is a welcome addition to Hachez' chocolate lineup. I still maintain that the name "Wild Cocoa" could have made a great Cocoa-related blog or something.
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Regular readers (both of you) will have noticed a disturbing (or rather, comforting) lack of new posts lately. I cannot believe that I did not post anything new in over a month. So, here's a small update of what's been going on.