This chocolate is our own homemade chocolate featuring pods grown here on the homestead. Cacao was one of the first things we planted 18 years ago, and by now many of our trees are fully mature and producing cacao pods all year long.
This chocolate is generally light in color, most of the cacao varieties we grow here have white beans (instead of the more common purple) which yields a lighter, milder chocolate. The flavor does vary from batch to batch, getting consistent results on such a small scale is a challenge! Any bar you get from us is a snapshot of the flavors of the particular time and place the cacao was harvested, fermented and roasted. The date stamped on the wrapper tells you when it was made.
Our chocolate making process begins with roasting the beans, which are then cracked and winnowed by hand. The resulting cacao nibs are blended in the melanger with our own extracted cacao butter, organic cane sugar, and of course Vanillery of Kauai whole vanilla. The ingredients are stoneground for about 12 hours, then conched for another 12 hours. Conching is the process of carefully oxidizing the chocolate to balance the flavors.
You can expect a high-quality chocolate with a nice snap and deep, earthy notes, a bit of sweetness and ample fruit. The cacao percentage varies, but it will be between 75% and 85%. There are no dairy products in our chocolate bars.
Each bar weighs about 1.8 ounces.
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