Friday, June 4, 2010

Pierre Herme Chocolat Noir Sao Tome

Herme Sao Tome with Sea SaltThis bright yellow box holds a bar of Pierre Herme Chocolat Noir Pure Origine Sao Tome a la Fleur de Sel. I got it from my friend Ernessa, who was traveling in France and never forgets to pick me up something special. This is a special bar.

The bar is slightly smaller than the usual 100 gram (3.5 ounce) tablet. It’s 80 grams and 2.82 ounces, which in my book is two perfectly proportioned servings. Inside the box the bar is presented in a simple cellophane sleeve that’s a little oversized so putting the bar back in it is easy.

The chocolate ingredients are simple. It’s a 75% cacao bar made from single origin beans, sugar, cocoa butter, hand-harvested French sea salt, non-genetically modified soy lecithin and natural vanilla extract. The beans of Sao Tome are known for their bold and rich taste, which has echoes of charcoal, roasted nuts and coffee.

Herme Sao Tome with Sea Salt

The bar has a good bit of cocoa butter in it so it has a nice melt on the tongue. The flavor is intense and just barely sweet, even before the little bits of sea salt come out to play.

The flavor is deep and woodsy with a light coffee note and scent of baked brownies. The salt give it a little pop and actually makes it seem sweeter at times. The buttery texture is a little bouncy but keeps the dry finish from going bitter.

I’ve tried a few other Sao Tome bars before and found them rather intense but lacking nuance and buttery texture. This bar is nothing like that - it’s soft and approachable and incredibly munchable for a 75% bar. If I’m ever in Paris or Tokyo, I’ll definitely sample more of the Pierre Herme chocolates (and of course the macarons they’re known for).

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Name: Chocolat Noir Sao Tome
Brand: Pierre Herme
Place Purchased: gift from Ernessa
Price: unknown
Size: 2.82 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Single Origin, 9-Yummy, France

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:13 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewChocolateSingle Origin8-TastyFrance

  1. I’m kicking myself right now for not checking out Pierre Herme’s chocolates when I was in his Paris boutique in March! How could I miss these?! I was clearly far too focused on the Ispahan. Fail, Hannah. Charcoal, roasted nuts and coffee are absolutely up there with my favourite chocolate flavour notes. Guess I just need to head back to Paris soon…

    Comment by Hannah on 6/04/10 at 4:49 pm #
  2. Ooh, the packaging on this is really stylish.

    Comment by Karen on 6/08/10 at 8:35 am #
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