About two months ago I was contacted by Aequare Chocolate founder Jeff Stern of to sample their product line right before the launch of their product at Food Fete in New York. Aequare comes from the Latin word aequeo, which means “to make equal.” Jeff works toward this equality by making his chocolate in Ecuador – packaging and all – and dealing one-on-one with the cacao farmers, who retain more of the profits. One of the few exceptions Jeff will make is when an item or ingredient is not not grown or produced in Ecuador, like vanilla beans.
Jeff sent over a 70% Mandarin Orange bar, 70% Lemongrass and a plain 70% dark chocolate bar. I brought these samples to taste with a group of friends. We appreciated the opportunity to try these bars. Here are some of the responses:
This is a nice bar (while tasting the plain dark bar)
Reminds me of lemon Pledge
The orange doesn’t really stand out in this one
You can’t really taste the chocolate (in the lemongrass bar)
For me, the Lemongrass bar had the most unique flavor, but was not an extraordinary chocolate overall. The bar was creamy, but the chocolate flavor was lost in the mix. Even the plain dark chocolate bar had no distinct flavor or characteristic that made me say Wow or Yum!
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