Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scharffen Berger Ben Tre: Vietnamese Origin Chocolate

I have a crush.

Woaaaaaaaaaaah getting personal am I? Want some details?

It’s on Scharffen Berger’s 70% cocoa bittersweet chocolate. I’m serious. The stuff has a strong but universally pleasing flavor, a perfect balance of slightly sweet and intensely flavored, and a smooth texture without a hint of dryness or grit.

Those folks at Scharffen Berger have gone and upped their game in the 70% cocoa range. Hard to believe, but they did, and how, exactly, did they do that? They came out with a limited edition 72% cocoa bar crafted entirely from beans sourced from the Ben Tre province of Vietnam.

After reading a bit about the bean source and its purported notes of banana, cinnamon, and fig, I unwrapped the bar to find a subtle, spicy aroma.

At first bite, the smooth texture is the most notable aspect of this chocolate, and little flavor is immediately apparent. About a second into the bite, a subtle smoky flavor emerges, and is quickly followed by followed by a fruity flavor. The fruity flavor includes distinct notes of banana and fig, as advertised, but I also sensed a bit of pineapple. The flavor is long-lasting, which is enhanced by the slow melt of the chocolate.

It’s another great Scharffen Berger 70% cocoa range product, with a similar texture to the standard 70% bittersweet, but has a much more complex flavor.

I still have a crush on their standard bittersweet. It’s just too good in baking.

Have you had chocolate from Vietnamese cocoa beans? What did you think?


  1. At first I thought I wouldn't like this when you said fruity, but I do like banana and pineapple notes. Just not red fruit notes when they're sour :)

  2. That looks different than most chocolates i eat but i like the sound of that subtle spicy aroma!

  3. Yuuuuuuum I need some of this!!! :D

  4. bah, I tried commenting earlier via my phone, but it didn't go through! Anyway, I was so going to order a few of these for my Vietnamese coffee cupcakes for their contest, but then just ended up using one of their baking bars. Now I totally want to try them even more!