Menakao – Dark Chocolate With Cocoa Nibs & Sea Salt 63%
A luxury dark chocolate bar made from Madagascan beans with added salt and cocoa nibs, created by artisan chocolate maker Menakao.
Whilst we are normally purists when it comes to single estate dark chocolate, we make an exception for this Menakao dark bar. This is an example of chocolate with inclusions done right.
The chocolate is full of the typical berry notes of Madagascan cacao. The added cocoa nibs (what the chocolate is made from) give a powerful crunch, bursting with fruit and tannins.
The hint of sea salt serves a double purpose. It opens the palate, helping you to get the full flavour of the berries and red fruits. At the same time, the salt cuts through some of the nibs’ intensity, revealing their roasted fruit and raisin notes while reducing the bitterness.
The Madagascan chocolate maker has crafted this bar on the island using local ingredients. This is a rare with chocolate – it’s estimated that less than 5% of the world’s chocolate is made in the same country the cocoa is grown. By making as well as growing the cacao on the island, Menakao generate about 4-5 time the benefit of Fair Trade for the local Madagascan economy.
The sea salt or ‘Fleur de Sel’ comes from the salt marshes of Morondava in South West Madagascar. It forms naturally on the surface of the clay basins as sea water evaporates. You don’t collect the Fleur de Sel, you pick it in small quantities. Naturally very pure it has a delicate taste, which makes it perfect for bringing out the cacao’s fruit without overpowering the chocolate.
Want to find your perfect chocolate match? Visit www.cocoarunners.com/tastetest today.
Weight 65 g Type Maker Maker Country Cocoa Percentage Bean Origin Ingredients Dietary Information
5 reviews for Menakao – Dark Chocolate With Cocoa Nibs & Sea Salt 63%
February 5, 2017
Yum! Rich and smooth chocolate balanced by the smoky nibs has a pronounced fruity, roasted note that I can't get enough of. Definitely a repeat buy!
November 14, 2015
I loved this chocolate! I tried to make it last but it was gone in 2 sittings! Yummy!!
February 24, 2015
I am not usually a fan of added bits into chocolate but I think that Menakao really make it work. The nibs enliven the chocolate and the sea salt, successfully blended in, prevents it from being too bland. It looks glossy and tastes chocolatey. However I dont feel that it deserves four stars as it does not bring anything else to the table and, while simple can be brilliant, it is not quite pulled off here.
December 10, 2014
Depth of flavour combined with extra texture - really works
October 5, 2014
Utterly delicious - I really like sea salt with dark chocolate and the cocoa nibs give a lovely crunch.
Energy 2501.61kJ/597.5kcal Fat 41.82g of which - saturates 10.8g Carbohydrates 44.28g of which - sugars 39.4g Protein 11g Salt 0.11g
- Milk (traces), nuts (traces)
- Cocoa beans, cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, cocoa nibs, sea salt, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin
You need to be logged in to post a review.
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