Creo

Based in Portland, Oregon, Creo is a family-run company that makes top-quality, direct-sourced Ecuadorian beans into single-origin dark bars as well as fun inclusion bars like strawberry & hibiscus, dark orange, brown butter, coffee and cream white chocolate, and caramelized white chocolate. They recently won several Academy of Chocolate prizes, including gold for their Washu Project bar.

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Ecuador Tesoro Escondido 73% – The Washu Project Bar

 

Aroma: Soft, rich perfumed wood

 

Flavor: Rich chocolate, a little fruitiness, hazelnuts, pepper, a little bit of a zingy bite, dried cherries. Super smooth texture. Lemon, wood, cherry, dark chocolate covered cherry, dark chocolate cheesecake, floral – rose.  Some soft green flavors, vanilla creaminess. Deep chocolate flavors but smooth and without bitterness.

 

Recommendation: Highly recommended. Full of interesting, less common flavors.

 

Batch info: Batch no. 19E9f, Enjoy by July 2020

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Ecuador 73%

 

Aroma: Mild aroma of rich roasted cocoa

 

Flavor: deep cocoa flavors, peanut butter, chocolate pudding. Reminds me of William Marx’s Ghana bar. Super smooth texture. Some nutty criollo flavors, not really any of the floral/earthy flavors as in some other Ecuador bars. It’s so balanced and smooth - maybe a very long conche? The added cocoa butter gives it a smooth texture and hint of flavor like coconut oil or macadamia nuts. Hint of raspberry, toasted sesame.

 

Recommendation: Highly recommended. Mild and approachable – just about anyone who likes dark chocolate would like this bar and appreciate the smoothness and delicate flavors. Not particularly complex, but it is so smooth and well-balanced that it is a really pleasant snacking chocolate.

 

Batch info: 4B9C exp. March 2020

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Whiskey Milk 65%

 

Aroma: strawberry jam

 

Flavor: Rich and creamy – like ice cream; a distinct but not overly strong whiskey note, strawberry, fruity - like very ripe fruit.

 

Recommendation: Highly recommended. It’s on the sweeter side. If you are looking for an interesting dark milk bar with good complexity, give this one a try.

 

Batch info: 7EOb DA, Enjoy by December 2020