Handcrafted for the Holidays!

When we decided to make holiday gift sets this year, we wanted to include something that really spoke to one of the heartfelt reasons of why we make our chocolate. Yes, an assortment of premium, fine flavor chocolate is a gift in and of itself, but we also wanted to include something without a shelf life that communicated our message, too. We take pride in our high attention to detail and creation of truly great tasting chocolate bars; but we couldn’t craft our premium chocolate without the farmers and communities at origin that are dedicated to making superior quality and…

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Raiders of the Lost Cacao

the bridge to san juan chivite, goodnow farms chocolate

Well, it’s not exactly Indiana Jones but tomorrow we’re off to South America to search for more great cacao beans. This always takes us off the beaten path, which is why I use the Raiders of the Lost Ark reference, but the comparison stops (hopefully) before the point where blow darts are being launched in our direction. The two countries we’re traveling to are Ecuador and Peru, both of which are known for having exceptional cacao. The problem is, they’re also known for having less-than-exceptional cacao, and the trick is finding the farmers who are not only growing the most…

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Salty & Sweet

We’ve been looking for the perfect salt to pair with our Guatemalan Asochivite bar and we’re in the process of making test batches.  Right now we’re working with sea salt from the Pacific coast of Guatemala.  Finding exactly the right salt to complement the flavors of the Asochivite bean takes a lot of time and research but we have some very good contenders. To find the right balance of salt we do numerous test batches, adding different amounts of salt, sugar and cocoa butter to find exactly the right combination.  In this picture we’re just about to begin hand-tempering this test batch…

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Fall on the Farm

Welcome to our blog!  We plan to occasionally post messages here about what’s happening on the farm and also ramble semi-coherently about the world of craft chocolate in general. Fall is here and we’re also very excited to announce that our chocolate is now available locally at Duck Soup market!  Our online store is now up as well, and you can buy not only all of our bars but also some very cool Goodnow Farms apparel.  Keep in mind our chocolate makes a fantastic Christmas gift, and we have snazzy gift boxes available.  Or, if you’d prefer to let your…

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