The Good: Wonderful ingredients, Amazing flavor, Quality justifies the price!
The Bad: Nothing that I can find!
The Basics: Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano is flavorful and a great balance between both of the promised flavors, making it well worth picking up!
I am on a pretty constant quest for perfect chocolates. Even when I find something that I rate as perfect, I do not stop enjoying other chocolates, but should I ever give up my reviewing, the odds are that my cupboard would be completely filled with the 10/10 rated chocolates I have reviewed over the years. I now have to make room for a new one, a dark chocolate and coffee blend that easily achieved perfection. That is the Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano and they are quite remarkable. And, long before I have to stock up on perfect chocolates, I will restock my cupboard with these chocolate discs!
Taza is an premium chocolatier that is making Mexican-style stone ground chocolate in . . . Massachusetts?! The Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano is a high-quality chocolate that I was lucky enough to find inexpensively at my local discount store.
The Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano comes as two discs (2.7 oz. total) that are paper-wrapped together and packaged inside a cardboard wrapper. The whole disc is presented as a 3” in diameter by 5/16” thick slightly segmented chocolate disc. The segments do not snap apart evenly. This makes the Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano generally easy to portion out to have less than a full serving, which is nice for those who might be watching their waistline!
Ease Of Preparation
Eating Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano is not a real challenge. After removing the cardboard and the paper wrappers, simply pull out the disc or break a segment off and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating these chocolates. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food . . . unless one wants to make it into a hot cocoa!
The hot chocolate version of the Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate requires milk and uses both discs in a package. One needs to grind up both discs of the chocolate and stir it into the simmering milk. Honestly, I've yet to make up some of this flavor as a cocoa.
Unwrapping the dark chocolate bar, the smell of dark chocolate is potent and pure. The Coffee Dark Chocolate Bar smells almost exclusively of the chocolate, as opposed to coffee.
The Coffee Dark Chocolate is predictably solid dark chocolate. The Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano is chocolate is potent and dark flavored and dominates the front half of the flavor palate. By the time the coffee manifests as a crispy texture in the mouth, the flavor of deep roasted coffee is blending with the flavor of dark chocolate. This might well be the perfect blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors; neither one overwhelms the other and each flavor holds its own and the two flavors mix well with one another.
There is a strong, bitter coffee aftertaste in the mouth left by the Dark Chocolate Mexicano after the last of it is consumed. The Taza Dark Chocolate Mexicano leaves an aftertaste in the mouth for about three minutes and while it is bitter and strong (especially for an aftertaste), it is not unpleasant for anyone who truly loves dark chocolate or coffee.
Taza chocolates are intended as a dessert product, so anyone attempting to live off them is proceeding under a ridiculous premise! Each 38 gram disc of Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano represent a single serving of the chocolate. Made primarily of organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar and organic coffee beans, there are no unpronounceable ingredients in this chocolate. They were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about almonds, coconuts, and hazelnuts. The Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano are marked as both gluten free and Vegan-compliant, as well as Soy Free.
Taza's Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano have 210 calories in a one-disc serving, 110 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 35% of one's RDA of saturated fat, but they are cholesterol-free. There is a minimal anount of sodium in these Dark Chocolate Mexicano Coffee chocolates and there are 3 grams of protein. These are not a significant source of any vitamins or minerals, though they do have 1% of one’s daily calcium and 4% of the RDA of Iron.
As a chocolate, Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano are fine as long as they are stored below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The packager I picked up two weeks ago had an expiration date of April 7, 2018. Given that mine are gone already, I cannot comment on how well they endure as they come closer to the expiration date.
If, however, they melt, they will stain. Consult your fabric guide if they melt as dark chocolate can be a bear to clean up when melted into light fabrics. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the paper wrapper away when you are done with the chocolate bar.
Taza Coffee Dark Chocolate Mexicano perfectly embodies both of its promised flavors, making for an ideal blend for anyone who loves dark chocolate or coffee.
For other reviews of other chocolates, please check out:
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Wild Ophelia Cold Brew Sea Salt Caramel Latte Chocolate Coffee Bites
Cachet Lemon & Black Pepper Dark Chocolate Bars
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