Limited Release, Herbaceous Green Sichuan Pepper
Limited Release bars are our way of sharing the incredible fine flavor cacao and amazing flavor combinations. We make only one batch of each bar, so they’re only available for a limited time.
Our Herbaceous Green Sichaun Dark Chocolate sourced from spice company 50 Hertz is truly unique. We always pair the natural flavor notes of our single origin chocolate with different complementary flavors, and this match up is spectacular. The herbal notes of our Peruvian Ucayali chocolate seamlessly meld with and carry the pine, floral and citrus notes of the Green Sichuan Pepper. And, the Ucayali chocolate already had a slightly cooling hit, but the Sichuan really amps it up for a cool breeze in the mouth after the lemon rush!
And, what you’ve heard about Sichuan pepper is true – it gives the same tingly sensation as if you were exposed to a low electrical current! ⚡️ The feeling is actually equal to 50hz, which is the rate at which electrons vibrate on most power grids. Incorporated in our chocolate you get a tingly, buzzing sensation. But don’t worry – the only way this bar will actually shock you is with how intensely herbal it is!
Note that this bar is NOT HOT!
About the Herbaceous Green Sichuan Pepper
When Yao Zhao returned home to visit his family for Chinese New Year, his mom made a salad with local Green Sichuan Pepper oil, and lighting struck! First there was the tingle sensation and delicious vegetal flavors, and then there was the idea to share his hometown delicacy with foodies worldwide, and his culinary company 50Hertz was born.
Green Sichuan is not really a “pepper” so it’s not “hot” – it is actually a berry harvested by hand from the prickly ash tree, which is in the citrus family. Yao explains that the berry is comprised of an outer shell and interior seed, and the flavor is actually in the oil of the skin of the shell. In the shell various herbal and citrus flavor compounds are present as well as a molecule called hydroxy-alpha sanshool. This molecule causes a uniquely intense buzzing, tingling and numbing sensation on the tongue with a frequency of about 50 Hertz!
50Hertz works with directly farmers and co-ops in Chongqing who harvest the green “wild” variety of Sichaun annually, by hand. After they pick the fresh fruit from the trees they let the berries dry under the sun; the skin cracks open and the bitter, interior seeds fall out. To ensure high quality standards and that no bitter seeds remain to detract from the flavor experience, famers place the berries though a vibrating machine and finally hand-sift to remove any outlier seeds.
This Green Sichuan growing and harvest process is multi-step, hard work as no automation can be used. It’s challenging to retain farmer interest in growing this type of labor-intensive crop when more enticing and easier-to-harvest fruits like apples and peaches are options.
Despite farming challenges, Yao and his business partner Lois remain enthusiastic about the future of the aromatic and tingly Green Sichuan Pepper, and they will be joining their farmers this summer and participating in the annual July harvest!
Visit 50Hertz to learn more about Tingly Green Sichuan Pepper and try it for yourself.
About the Ucayali Cacao
The Ucayali cacao used for this bar comes from the jungles of Peru. It’s named after the Ucayali river, one of the major headwaters of the Amazon, and the farmers living along its shores grow several varieties of fine flavor cacao. They bring the cacao on boats to our partners at Ucayali River Cacao, where the beans are expertly fermented and dried at their new facility. We’ve personally visited the fermentation and drying facility and have met many of the farmers.
We also freshly press the cocoa butter for this from the same Ucayali beans we use to make the chocolate, resulting in intense single origin flavor and exceptional smoothness. We’re one of the only chocolate makers in the country to press our own cocoa butter, and it makes a world of difference in flavor.
For more information about the cacao we use for this bar please visit our Ucayali page.
Tasting notes: A complex journey of pine, rosemary, flowers, herbs, a slight tingle sensation and mouthwatering lemon
Ingredients: Single Origin Cacao Beans (Ucayali), Organic Cane Sugar, Single Origin Cocoa Butter (Ucayali), Dried Green Sichuan Pepper
May contain trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts.
Smooth, with a wonderful aftertaste. Definitely not too spicy, if at all spicy.
This chocolate bar tastes like a whole journey! I can first smell the herbaceous aroma from the green Sichuan peppers. Then I take a bite, the acidity from the premium cacao beans comes through. My favorite part is toward the end when my tongue starts to tingle with the lemon gush and salivate like a waterfall, creating all kinds of interesting flavors in my mouth. Well done!
Limited Release, Herbaceous Green Sichuan Pepper
Superb! True to the tingly nature of Sichuan pepper. Just the right amount of tingle.
5 star for flavor, 1 star for packaging. The flavor of the chocolate was special and the peppercorn punch made it a unique taste. However, I can’t buy this product again because the packaging made me feel ashamed at all of the paper product and non-compostable temperature control silver bag involved. I appreciate the need to protect the product but my shock at the amount of waste (and some non-compostable waste) surrounding a very small amount of chocolate damaged my experience.
I saw your product in Rockridge Market Hall although it wasn’t the peppercorn one. I would only ever buy your product from a physical store again. Never again by mail. I hope you’re doing a more sustainable job in the shipping of your products to a physical store.