Lastly bought to fulfill the makers from @kesshocacao of Austin, Texas 🇺🇸 in individual at this 12 months’s Northwest Chocolate Pageant. I reviewed two of their goodies earlier this 12 months that had impressed me whereas judging the @craft_chocolat_challenge that @chocolat_inn organizes.
Kesshō began in 🇨🇳 China (they nonetheless function there as properly), and “late nights in Beijing [smelling] roasting lamb skewers as avenue distributors fan[ned] the flames of lengthy coal grills” impressed this Kesshō Lamb Skewer bar. Kesshō makes this 60% milk chocolate with cacao from the Semuliki Nationwide Park within the Bundibugyo District of 🇺🇬 Uganda, makes use of goat milk for the milk, then provides dried powdered cumin and chile peppers. The concept is to mimic these spices and aromas from the lamb skewers on the streets of Beijing. And the bar succeeds.
The flavors remind me of these scrumptious skewers (I, too, have smelled them cooking on the streets of Beijing at night time) and imitate the aromas properly. The goat milk is a wonderful solution to get a little bit of goaty tang and funk within the combine with out utilizing meat, and it’s a very good approximation. So, success on the flavour notes.
AND success on nice style. It’s a creamy milk chocolate with distinctive however very inviting flavors. The chocolate nonetheless comes by means of and brings a pleasant base of natural, earthy flavors to enhance the spices and goat milk. And identical to these scrumptious skewers in Beijing, consuming your entire bar of this chocolate is straightforward to do. I simply wrapped the final half of mine up, so I don’t do this. I need extra later.
😇 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Liang Wang (additionally the founding father of Pantry’s Finest) and accomplice Mark Huetsch established Kesshō in 2019 in China. They’ve just lately relocated to Austin, Texas. The younger model has received a number of awards for its chocolate, together with within the 2022 and 2023 @chocawards competitions.
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