Menakao – Dark Chocolate 100% with Cocoa Nibs
A must-try for the 100% lovers. Menakao’s bar packs far more of a punch than Akesson’s and Pralus’ more mellow Madagascan 100% bars. This award winning dark bar is an intense 100% Madagascan dark chocolate. The bar has no sugar in it at all and is made with nothing but cacao, revealing all of the richness of the cocoa.
Unwrap the chocolate and you are instantly hit by a strong fruity aroma. Delicious and inviting as this may be, don’t be fooled into breaking off a great chunk as this chocolate has a serious intensity! The initial berries have a citrus edge, leading to a powerful and sharp finish. A roasted note is mixed with the fruits, which reminds us a little of strong filter coffee. The almost sherbet – like astringency, gives a mouth-watering quality as the chocolate fills your mouth with strong flavours.
This bar doesn’t just taste good, it does good. Madagascan chocolate maker Menakao proudly crafts its chocolate on the island, using only local ingredients. Unfortunately, this is rare even for craft chocolate – it’s estimated that less than 5% of the world’s chocolate is produced in the same country the cocoa is grown. By making the chocolate in Madagascar in addition to growing the cacao on the island, Menakao generate about 4-5 times the benefit of Fair Trade for the local Madagascan economy.
In honour of the men and women of Madagascar of all ethnicities who are at the heart of Menakao chocolate, Menakao decided that the bars should proudly bear the image “not [of] the face of Madagascar, but [of] Madagascan faces.” The beautiful image on the wrapping of this bar is of a Betsimisaraka man. The Betsimisarka (Betsimisaraka meaning “many and inseparable”), are celebrated for their rhythmic dancing traditions and are the largest group on the east coast of Madagascar, a region noted for lush vegetation, dense forest and tropical climate.
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Weight 75 g Type of Chocolate Maker Cocoa Percentage Bean Origin Ingredients Dietary Information Select Size
Single Bar £3.95, Carton of 12 £47.40
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7 reviews for Menakao – Dark Chocolate 100% with Cocoa Nibs
March 26, 2021
Ignore the bad reviews. I have tried lots of 100% bars, being an avid fan, and I love it. The acidity and bitterness is amazing, giving me a real punch, which I adore. Man up and enjoy the kick. I adore it!
February 10, 2021
Very strong with strong citrus aftertaste. Distinctive, I would buy again.
March 6, 2018
extremely acidic in comparison with anyother 100% i have tried. in order to tolerate with this one half a square is enough. almost the same happens with 80% menakao. However 72% and below menakao chocolates are really interesting ,full of aromas with the 63% combava pink pepper being my favourite
August 5, 2017
I was initially dissuaded from buying this because of the negative reviews, but as I love Menakao's 80 percent and am a 100% fan, I finally bought a bar and I'm so glad I did. It's amazing! It has a wonderfully powerful roasted cacao flavour which is quite savoury, tempered by a gorgeous citrus sweet edge. Its my new favourite 100% bar!
August 5, 2016
Like Dina A said it is a strong bold chocolate Personally I like the creamer one like Bonnat I'm a relatively newbie with 100% cocoa - so the older hands may taste things I'm not ???
October 4, 2015
We've been rating our bars on our regular deliveries for the past 6 months now, this bar scored the worst of all the bars we've tried. The high percentage of cocoa stops adding complexity and flavour and tips the scale firmly into the bitter and unpleasant zone. It's just too much. We used half the bar in cooking, it wasn't a nice experience as chocolate in its own right.
February 27, 2015
This is a strong, bold 100% bar, the highly roasted tones and that strong citrus aftertaste mean one piece is enough for me. Unfortunately I just find it too acidic and not fruity enough for my liking for a high percentage cocoa content.
Energy 2661.72kJ/635.74kcal Fat 51.02g of which - saturates 11.72g Carbohydrates 30.54g Protein 13.6g Salt 0.02g
- Milk (traces), nuts (traces)
- Cocoa beans, pure cocoa butter
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One of only a few chocolate makers in the world that make chocolate at the source, Madagascar-based Menakao produce some a deliciously fruity range of bars using local beans. Read more about Menakao