We have two new flavors of this outstanding Modica Chocolate, along with one of the classics, Fleur de Sel. These are outstanding, and after blowing through our Milk Chocolates from Sabadi, we felt it was fitting to offer these next. While they do include a bit of flavor, like ginger, or white pepper, they only play a supporting role while the famous Modica Chocolate takes center stage. A fantastic and enlightening balance of flavors, these are excellent gifts for the holidays or to curb your cravings for exceptional chocolate.
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Sabadi is an exceptional Chocolate producer from Modica Sicily, an area gaining popularity for the unique cold processing technique that is the signature from this part of Italy. Sabadi is the top producer of Chocolate in Modica and for the last nine years been awarded Italy's "Tavoletta d'Oro," which is like winning an Oscar for Italian chocolate. The Aztecs inspired chocolate from Modica, and it was the Spanish that brought back techniques they learned while in Mexico and taught the Sicilians, making it what it is today. This process is the basis for Modica Chocolate, where traditional round volcanic stones are heated over a small fire. The chocolate is rolled and pressed on the volcanic stone into a rough paste until it reaches about 100F and is considered an ancient way of cold processing chocolate. Since the chocolate is worked at a low temperature, the cacao and sugar don't fully melt, developing the signature Modica texture that is more crunchy, wafer-like, and very satisfying to chew. The chocolate also retains more of its nutritional properties that are usually cooked out during processing, like antioxidants. Sabadi has unrivaled purity in their chocolate, showing red fruits and a savory, earthy characteristic with just the right amount of sweetness that plays to the bar's natural bitterness. A lot of Modica chocolate is used in many savory dishes, locally making its way onto salads, believe it or not, but we prefer to enjoy it as is. Sabadi is the best, and this chocolate is a historic and unique way to enjoy one of the world's most favorite sweets.
Tritone (Fleur de Sel) 85% 1.76oz
The darkest of the three Chocolates, this is one of the purest expressions of Modica, highlighting the red fruit and savory flavors while adding an interplay between salty and sweet. It lights up nearly every sensation on the palate and is mouth-wateringly good.
Zen (Ginger) 60% 1.76oz
Made with a touch of ginger that takes a side step for the chocolate and then appears very gently on the finish giving the chocolate a wonderful, slightly exotic note in perfect harmony. This is not overwhelming, and the light hand with the ginger only adds complexity, leaving the chocolate to shine.
Rajah (White Pepper) 64% 1.76oz
Made with Sarawak white pepper, which originates from Malaysia and is grown on the Island of Borneo. Sarawak white pepper is black pepper left on the vine to ripen longer and develops a loose white shell that is removed with a stream of running water. Sarawak pepper is considered one of the best in the world. It has a unique flavor that is warming, slightly spicy, and rich, pairing very well with creamy ingredients and, in this case, a beautiful compliment to chocolate.