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Allow this chocolate a little more time on the palate to reveal the full complexity of its flavor. The lovely floral notes of raspberry and currant will come out and the residual slightly acidic aftertaste pleasantly balances the richness. While not my top pick from the 100 percent cocoa bars, it is a unique and delicious option nonetheless.
Collection title: 100% Dark Chocolate
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Collection description: Alta Verapaz is a department in central Guatemala, with its capital in Cobán. All of Guatemala was at one point a part of the Maya civilization, including the Alta Verapaz region, and most of the area's residents are still part of one of the surviving groups and primarily speak their native language rather than Spanish. The majority of the fine flavor cacao exported from Guatemala comes from the tropical jungles of the Alta Verapaz region via Cacao Verapaz, a specialty cacao exporter based in Cobán, and focused on working with indigenous communities to preserve their native cacao varietals.
Collection title: APODIP
Collection description: APODIP, or the Asociación de Productores Orgánicos para el Desarrollo Integral del Polochic, is an association of coffee and cacao producers in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region. APODIP’s cacao farmers span 35 small communities across the Polochic Valley, and collectively they support and manage the protection of a neighboring forest reserve. The Association’s farmer families are relatively more experienced in the commercialization of coffee, but with the partnership of Cacao Verapaz, they’ve been able to bring their high quality cacao to an international market. The beans not only benefit from uniquely hot fermentation conditions in the valley; there’s also something special about the genetics of cacao in the area, lending a beautiful blend of nutty and caramel flavors to the beans.
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Guatemala
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: Fresco
Collection description: Fresco is a small craft chocolate maker in Lynden, Washington. The founder of Fresco, Rob Anderson, releases several combinations of roasting and conch profiles to create different variation bars from the same beans. Anderson, originally a computer scientist, took a trip to Washington and visited a chocolate shop and took a tour which initially sparked his chocolate interest. Since then, Anderson created his own machines to make small batches of test chocolate. While only using three ingredients for his bars; cacao beans, cane sugar and cacao butter, Fresco’s flavor range is uniquely diverse. He chose the name Fresco meaning fresh in Italian, which could translate into fresh taste, fresh ideas, or a fresh approach to chocolate making.
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Soy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list soy products as a main ingredient. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of soy" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. Each product has icons that indicate whether a product is completely soy free or may contain traces.
Collection title: United States Chocolate Makers
Collection title: Variety-Trinitario
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
Collection title: Women In Chocolate
Collection description: This collection highlights craft chocolate bars from women chocolate makers or women owned chocolate companies.