Lucocoa Chocolate reviewed

Lucocoa Chocolate reviewed

I stumbled across Lucocoa chocolate whilst hunting the inter web for British ‘bean to bar’ chocolate makers.

Honestly, I am not a fan of marketing concepts and popular tag lines like ‘bean to bar’ or ‘superfoods’ actually make me shiver!

Often the words are widely overused, Naming no names (the purple wrapper people) will soon be claiming their latest creation is indeed ‘bean to bar’! I made myself giggle whilst writing this sentence, I think the people in purple should rename ‘marvellous mix ups’ to ‘our seconds put to good use’….

Anyway, I digress from the importance of reviewing this most fabulous range of true ‘bean to bar’ chocolates.

Any chocolate with the slogan ‘not naughty, just nice’ has my immediate attention and after reading about the ethos behind Lucocoa chocolate I was even more intrigued to review their delectable range of chocolate.

One of the super friendly founders ‘Ama’ responded to my email and was happy to recommend a few of their bars. As usual I could not decide so I ordered the 25g full set, my package promptly arrived and so let the reviewing commence.

Lucocoa Chocolate

70% Dominican Republic (Award Winning) 

 

Chocolate Maker: Lucocoa Chocolate, London, UK

Percentage: 70%

Taste: 3.5/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Refined sugar free, roasted on site, Lucuma, rich, sweet, award winning

Cocao Beans: Criollo & Trinitario – Dominican Republic 

Cost: £12.50 for 6 x 25g (£2.08 per 25g bar)

The Full Review

An award winner no less. However, I never let this taint my judgement of a chocolate, after all chocolate is very subjective to personal taste!

As soon as I unwrapped the rustic brown package and unveiled the dark dainty bar of chocolate I was greeted with the smell of fruit. Imagine opening a bag of over ripe figs and breathing in their heady sweetness.

I carefully let a square melt on my tongue and was treated to fruity, sweet, blackberry and rich flavour. The flavour was intense, delicious and the sweetness was like nothing else I have tasted in a chocolate.

The fruitiness of the Lucuma is so obvious and I found its fruity notes complimented Dominican beans perfectly!

I did find the texture ever so slightly grainy, it was not off putting and it may have just been this batch, or is this normal for Lucocoa chocolate? With another five bars to taste I would soon find out.

This chocolate tastes naughty, the rich flavour gives the perception of utter indulgence, it is only when you read the label you realise just how low in sugar and fat it is compared to other bean to bar chocolates. Bonus!!

The texture let this bar down slightly, but the flavour is impressive. If you are looking for an intense, fruity, rich and delicious British made chocolate; the 70% Dominican is for you.

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Lucocoa Chocolate

70% Madagascar

 

Chocolate Maker: Lucocoa Chocolate, London, UK

Percentage: 70%

Taste: 3.5/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Refined sugar free, roasted on site, Lucuma, rich, sweet

Cocao Beans: Criollo & Trinitario – Madagascar 

Cost: £12.50 for 6 x 25g (£2.08 per 25g bar)

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It still amazes me how cocao beans sourced from another continent or country can taste so different from the next.

The smell of fruit gently lingered around my nostrils, but not in the same intense way as the Dominican 70%. I could smell a faint hint of coffee and a fresh burst of raspberry too!

As I let the dainty square melt on my tongue I felt the sweetness of the Lucuma envelop my tastebuds followed by the smooth, richness of the cocoa beans. The Madagascar beans are certainly not as rich as the Dominican, they are lighter and subtle in the most delightful way.

The texture was indeed smooth and perfect. The taste of coffee came through right at the end and left a pleasant aftertaste.

The 70% Madagascar is for those who prefer a daintier dark chocolate. It will still deliver on fruitiness and sweetness; this makes it a super dark chocolate to suit everyones tastebuds. All good all rounder!

Lucocoa Chocolate

73% Belize 

 

Chocolate Maker: Lucocoa Chocolate, London, UK

Percentage: 73%

Taste: 4/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Refined sugar free, roasted on site, Lucuma, rich, sweet, smooth, fruity

Cocao Beans: Criollo & Trinitario – Belize

Cost: £12.50 for 6 x 25g (£2.08 per 25g bar)

The Full Review

Three words to sum up the Belize 73%…..drum roll please…….delectable, delicious, favourite!

A simply perfect mix of belize beans and natural sweetness!

Belize is a country dominated and purged by some of the largest chocolate makers in the world (purple wrapper alert again) and Belize cocao beans are highly regarded and sort after. 

For me the strong, nutty, rich flavour of the Belize cocao beans have been masterfully blended with a perfect amount of natural sweetness. The blackberry notes of the Lucuma compliment the rich, nutty Belize beans and you are presented with a chocolate which is deliciously delectable. 

Even though at 73% the cocao percentage is slightly higher than the 70% Dominican, for me the Belize is not as rich.

It does offer a deeper flavour and the fruitiness is delicately and wonderfully enhanced by the beans.

I really liked this chocolate and I will boldly claim this is my favourite in the range. A dark chocolate with a subtle addition of naturally sweet perfection. 

Lucocoa Chocolate

73% Guatemala 

 

Chocolate Maker: Lucocoa Chocolate, London, UK

Percentage: 73%

Taste: 3.5/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Refined sugar free, roasted on site, Lucuma, rich, sweet, nutty, fresh, clean

Cocao Beans: Criollo & Trinitario – Guatemala 

Cost: £12.50 for 6 x 25g (£2.08 per 25g bar)

The Full Review

What a difference a bean makes! Another 73% but with such an expected flavour.

Immediately my nose was wafted with the smell of nutty sweetness. I liken it to opening up a bag of fresh coffee beans whilst eating fresh blackberries. It is like summer and spring in a wrapper.

The taste was quite different. Thank you to the Lucuma, the fruity sweetness is ever present, but the gentle notes of the Guatemala cocao beans take the edge off the sweetness and leave you with a fresh and even minty feeling in your mouth.

I was left wanting more but I still hankered after the richness of the 73% Belize.

If you my lovely chocolate lovers are looking for a 73% with punch which does not leave a strong chocolate taste in your mouth, the Guatemala is for you. Be warned, you will be left wanting more.

Lucocoa Chocolate Summary – Chocolate just got fruity!

Lucocoa certainly charmed me. Initially the fruity sweetness of the Lucuma threw my tastebuds, but as I worked through their superb range of chocolates, I could not fail to be impressed with how the fruit complimented the rich cocao beans.

Every bean offered a noticeably different flavour experience. Passion and thought for ingredients have been poured into each bar of Lucocoa chocolate.

I LOVE the fact the bars are slightly healthier for you too. Lower in sugar, no refined sugars, high quality ingredients and the fact they all taste amazing really do make Lucocoa chocolate a fabulous range of delectable dark chocolate.

The price. The chocolates are not cheap and for this reason alone, they are chocolates to be devoured carefully, each bite appreciated and enjoyed.

As a small chocolate maker who produce their chocolate from beans to bar, it is easier to forgive the price. I would definitely buy and devour Lucocoa chocolate again, I feel like I am just starting the beginning of a fabulous relationship. 

Go Lucocoa! British ‘bean to bar’ chocolate at its best!

As a note; I typically review dark chocolate but as part of the range I also tasted the 50% Dominican, it was creamy and smooth and tastes as you would imagine a good quality milk chocolate to taste! I am still not persuaded away from Dark Chocolate though, it was just a bit too milky tasting for me.


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