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This is not a simple bar and it has proven particularly divisive among our reviewers- you either love it or you hate it. However, it is rare that chocolate is described as “sublime” and “ethereal” (see for yourself on our reviews page), so why not give it a try?
To this particular 45% milk chocolate Akesson's adds a touch of sea salt. Distinct caramel notes shine through that come from the use of natural sugar produced from the nectars of the coconut blossom. These juices are collected by gently slicing the flower. They are then boiled into a thick caramel before being ground down to a crystal. Interestingly, the resulting coconut blossom sugar has a glycemic index 3 times less than that of cane sugar. The salt provides a bold counterpoint to the caramel sweetness of the coconut blossom and the rich complexity of the cocoa. This bar is both sweet enough to satisfy the dedicated milk chocolate fan and complex enough for the most discerning dark chocolate lover.
These Bali bars from Akesson's are the first Bali Single Origin ever made in Europe! The beans for this bar are grown in the Melaya area of western Bali, produced by the Sukrama family over 7Ha of farms. Particularly noteworthy is Akesson's support of Big Tree Farms in Bali in a joint commitment to preserve traditional farming by developing socially, ecologically and economically sustainable supply chains.
Bertil Akesson is one of the true heroes of the bean to bar market, pioneering the direct sale of his single estate beans to over three hundred chocolate makers all over the world. Born to a Swedish diplomat father and a French mother, Bertil grew up in Madagascar, where his family settled in the 1970s. There, his father established a number of cocoa and spice plantations which Bertil has expanded. Today bars made with his beans win prizes all over the world and this single origin milk bar made by Bertil himself is no exception.