- 2018 Academy of Chocolate, Bronze
- 2018 Good Food Awards, Finalist
- 2018 Good Food Award, Winner
- 2018 International Chocolate Awards, Americas, Micro-Batch, Bronze
- 2018 Northwest Chocolate Festival, Gold, Best Dark Chocolate
We make this multiple award-winning bar with beans from the Salazar family farm in the Esmeraldas region of Ecuador. The Salazars have over one hundred acres of carefully cultivated Nacional hybrid cacao trees. The volume of beans they harvest allows them to ferment and dry the beans themselves and the level of control they have over the cacao varietals they plant, as well as their post harvest processing, results in beans of exceptional quality and flavor. This is a well balanced bar with very low acidity, intense berry jam flavors and a long finish.
This bar is made with our own freshly pressed Esmeraldas cocoa butter, ensuring true single origin flavor and an exceptionally smooth texture.
For more information about the cacao we use for this bar please visit our Esmeraldas page.Ecuador, 70% Cacao, 55g Bar
Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar, Fresh Pressed Cocoa Butter
May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.
The Esmeraldas chocolate bar is incredibly smooth. One can taste rich underlying blackberry and cherry flavors from the cacao beans. Delightful!
I am concerned I will never be able to eat other brands of chocolate again because this is on another level by itself. Similar to a fine wine or single origin coffee, this flavor demands to be savored.
Nice complement to the Peruvian chocolate which we regularly get. Dark, buttery and the right amount of sweetness.
First tasted this last year when a friend shared a bar around the room after a meal. I had never tasted dark chocolate so smooth and fruity! Needless to say, I'm hooked, and treat myself to a box of bars a couple times a year. I've branched out and tried some of their other chocolates - which are wonderful - but this is still my favorite.
Love love the rich and velvety taste of the dark chocolate! So delicious and satisfying.