Seaweed | Shiitake Mushroom | Black Garlic | Sea Salt
Release date: 9/26/17
Each Maker's Series micro-batch is designed and handcrafted by our Chocolate Makers for you, the Flavor Fanatics.
NOW INTRODUCING: Umami (oo-mah-mee), our newest limited edition chocolate bar! Those adventurous with food know Umami as the mysterious 5th dimension of taste. The Japanese word, Umami, roughly translates to "delicious" or "yummy," and is that savory, broth-like or meaty flavor that tends to make your mouth water and kick start your cravings. While not as loud-spoken or well known as its counterparts in taste – sweet, sour, salty and bitter – umami adds depth, dimension, and complexity to many of our most revered foods from aged cheese to tomato sauce, or bacon to ramen soup.
After lots of chocolate trials with a variety of umami rich foods, our friends at Oaktown Spice Shop, in Oakland, California helped us dial in our perfect umami + chocolate profile. The umami-rich ingredients: shiitake mushrooms, kombu seaweed, fermented black garlic and a touch of sea salt, deliver just the right combination to balance with our dense 68% dark chocolate. John Beaver and Erica Perez, co-owners and spice masters at Oaktown Spice Shop, describe the beauty of Umami as, “kind of like an orchestra where it’s hard to clearly pick out and hear the cello and viola sections… but you know they are there, and they create such an inner warmth, depth and richness to the whole experience. Umami flavor can be similarly elusive but important to great food.”
While these ingredients may sound like odd or conflicting flavors to pair with chocolate, let your curiosity lead you. The umami bar begins with the rich, dark and toasty warmth of a well-blended dark chocolate speckled with bursts of sea salt. Ephemeral aromas of dried mushroom and kombu seaweed emerge to blend with the silky dark chocolate. The experience finishes with the sweet, aged balsamic-like complexity of fermented black garlic. Savory meets sweet in a surprisingly graceful interplay.
If you are learning about our Maker’s Series for the first time, not to worry, this is a new series of limited edition bars. You’ve only missed one other, our Golden Milk Bar. We will be launching a new micro-batch bar every other month that will be hand crafted by our chocolate makers. At TCHO we tend to obsess over flavor and the mesmerizing effects of pairing amazing chocolate with the perfect ingredients. New chocolate ideas find their way to us by many avenues; a daydream, a flavor memory or feedback from our fans. Some ideas find us, take hold and don't let go. The only way to get them out of our minds is to make them and taste them. While most ideas never grow up to be full-fledged TCHO chocolate bars, the rare and unique flavors that do, become the Maker's Series.
Now that we’ve made your mouth water, try our Micro-Batch No. 2: Umami 68% Dark Chocolate and see for yourself!