Chocolate Brick Topped with Nuts

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This is a big, thick brick of "bean to bar" dark chocolate. Marco Colzani has traveled the world selecting the finest ingredients to craft the perfect chocolate bar. This one contains 66% dark chocolate from the Ivory Coast - smooth and rich with notes of ripe fruit, and cream - topped with hazelnuts from Piemonte, almonds from Avola, and Pistachios from Bronte, for a nutty flavor and a crunchy mouthfeel. It’s the perfect sweet treat to serve your dinner guests, or to stash in your pantry and nibble on throughout the week!

For this oversize chocolate bar, Marco Colzani has chosen the best nuts from Italy. The nuts are not toasted, they are dehydrated, which adds to the bars texture and the aromatic qualities of the nuts without interfering with their flavor. The sugar is sourced from Brazil, and the cacao butter Marco makes himself.

The nuts are meant to be a garnish, to help contrast and bring out the nutty notes of the chocolate and to add a crunch. These nuts with Marco Colzani "bean to bar" dark chocolate are an exceptional pairing. 

Marco is one of the world’s few true “bean to bar” chocolatiers. He regularly travels to visit his cacao bean suppliers to taste the beans right at the source and work with the farmers to develop the best fermentation methods. Marco’s chocolate contains just two ingredients: cacao beans and cane sugar - no additives, preservatives, soy or vanilla. He calls his chocolate “spremuta di fave” -  the freshly squeezed juice of cacao beans. His recipe is never the same twice, since he adjusts the sugar-to-cacao bean ratio based on each individual batch of beans. He also ages his chocolate for 2-3 months; like in winemaking, aging lets the chocolate’s deep flavor develop, but this a costly process that most chocolate makers skip. Marco’s chocolate is also un-conched, which means it is processed as little as possible, so the beans maintain their natural flavor characteristics. In all of the artisanal sweets he produces, his philosophy is simple: “to take away everything that is unnecessary, and try to come as close as possible to the original.”

Read more about Marco Colzani here.