Columbia, MO-based Patric Chocolate makes dark chocolate bars in small batches, from cacao beans sourced from Madagascar.
Founder Alan McClure started his company three years ago, after being inspired by the chocolate-making traditions he witnessed while traveling in France.
Hearing about Food Gal’s insatiable appetite for all things chocolate, McClure sent me a sample to try. The 1.75-ounce bars retail for $6.25 each.
I’ll use my patented scale of 1 to 10 lip-smackers, with 1 being the “Bleh, save your money” far end of the spectrum; 5 being the “I’m not sure I’d buy it, but if it was just there, I might nibble some” middle-of-the-road response; and 10 being the “My gawd, I could die now and never be happier, because this is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth” supreme ranking.
Patric Chocolate Madagascar 70 percent: Love the bold “P’s” imprinted on the squares of the bar. This is quite complex tasting. Flavors of plum and wine hit you immediately, along with a lovely bitterness. There’s a pronounced citrusy tang, as well, more so than in many other dark chocolates. The spectrum of flavors makes this a very grown-up tasting bar. Rating: 8 lip-smackers.