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Perfectly packaged, Ritual's style/branding is boss. Lush red fruit and toffee flavor standout in the chocolate and the delightful inclusion layer cups the bottom. Though, store carefully and don't let it get too warm, I mistakenly did that and the thin layer of honeycomb melted into goo and was no longer crisp.
It was great though a bit pricey...
Flavored dark chocolate done in the right way. As always, Ritual showcases what i like to call "Rustic" satisfying style and no matter what - single origin, blend, inclusion - the result is always FLAVORFUL. Tangy red fruits and Toffee work amazingly together. We don't miss sugary stuff here.
The inclusion of honeycomb piqued my interest, and the floral nature of the particular honeycomb added to this chocolate complemented it well. A unique and interesting bar, for sure. Ritual's chocolate for me is a bit too "hard" and not melty enough, but I love the variety that this bar introduces.
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Belize
Collection title: Chocolate with Inclusions
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: Holiday Chocolate
Collection description: Seasonal bars and favorite holiday chocolate. Winter brings spices, white chocolate and fun inclusions that are a must try must taste from our favorite makers.
Collection title: Homepage Collection
Collection title: Latest Arrivals
Collection title: Maya Mountain Cacao
Collection description: Maya Mountain is arguably one of the most established cacao origins in the world, having been one of the first to very clearly establish its own brand. Started in 2010, MMC put Belizian cacao on the map, as a pioneer in the centralized fermentery social enterprise model. What that boils down to is 350+ farming families in southern Belize selling their wet cacao beans to the MMC team at a transparent premium. Most of these families are Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Maya and have been producing cacao for generations. In 2014, the origin was even awarded an Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) designation, and its versatile and rich flavors attest to the deservedness of that honor. All Maya Mountain Cacao beans are certified organic.
Collection title: Ritual Chocolate
Collection description: Ritual Chocolate, based in Utah, owned by Robbie Stout and Anna Davies are masters at balancing sugar and cacao. This sophisticated chocolate maker only uses those two ingredients to make their chocolate, with no added soy, butter or vanilla. We appreciate Ritual for their purposeful variations in cacao percentage from harvest to harvest to produce the best tasting chocolate. Ritual is crafted on European methods with an American style. Their journey began back in 2008 in Boulder, Colorado, both cyclists, they noticed that both coffee and cycling companies focused on cyclists. They wondered why and sampled over 20 different cups of coffee with an expert. Robbie was surprised to learn how every cup tastes different due to the roast and where it was grown. From there they learned about terroir and thought well, everyone is doing coffee; why not chocolate! They already ate a little pieces of chocolate every night after dinner, it was their ‘ritual’. Robbie and Anna spent the following years in Costa Rica after taking ownership of an old chocolate factory. They meticulously studied the craft of chocolate, reading every manual on machinery and everything in between. Their attention to detail and dedication has really demonstrated through their award winning chocolate bars.
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: Toledo, Belize
Collection description: Toledo is the southernmost district of Belize, home to some of the country’s most pristine rainforests, extensive cave networks, coastal lowland plains, and small offshore islands. Punta Gorda, the district capital, hosts a 3-day chocolate festival each May, which has helped build tourist interest in the region. Toledo is home to aroun 30,000 people from a wide range of cultures, including Creole, Mopan & Q'eqchi Maya, the Garifuna, Mennonites, and Mestizos; all of them rely primarily upon agriculture or fishing. Primary crops grown include beans, corn, coffee, yams, and plantains.
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.
estate-Maya Mountain Cacao