9 Mouthwatering Chocolate Bars For The Chocolate Lover In Your Life

Are you looking to surprise the chocolate lover in your life with a gift of chocolate? Do they have a birthday, anniversary or work promotion coming up? Don't surprise them with any ordinary chocolate. Take a look at these 9 mouthwatering chocolate bars for the chocolate lover in your life. 

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Amano Cardamom Black Pepper 60%

Amano Artisan Chocolate is a small-batch craft chocolate maker based in Orem, Utah. Amano is an award-winning maker, they make all their chocolate on vintage equipment. Their small batch process allows Amano to control and observe flavor development, making each batch of chocolate not only delicious but unique.

With the Amano Cardamom Black Pepper bar, you will encounter not just the famous flavors of their Guayas dark chocolate made with beans from the Dominican Republic. You'll also find the finest single estate black pepper with ground cardamom. Small bits of sugar crystals give a satisfying crunch in your mouth.

Tasting notes: Spice & Floral 

Weight: 85g

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Marou Wallpaper Tien Giang 80%

Marou was one of the first bean-to-bar makers in Asia. When Vincent Mourou left his advertising career in San Francisco, he moved to Vietnam to find himself. This is when Vincent met Samuel Maruta, a banker from France living in Saigon with his wife and two kids. The two had nothing but a blender, an oven, cake tins, and Sam's kitchen. Samuel and Vincent continue to work with a tight network of small farmers who they buy the best quality beans from.

This chocolate bar is high in spice, tobacco, and nutty flavours that showcases Marou’s dedication to exceptional design as recognized by London’s Wallpaper* magazine.

Tasting notes: Spice, Tobacco & Nutty

Weight: 80g

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Manoa Mai'a Banana & Nibs 70%

Manoa is a Hawaiin based chocolate maker. Hawaii is the only state in the USA to grow cacao. The story of this maker began in the labs at the University of Hawaii in 2010 studying cacao as a crop for the state. Manoa started as college students with no money and bootstrapped their business with ingenuity and determination. 

This inclusion bar is a new creation by Manoa. This bar features vibrant artwork by local artist Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha and delicate molding inspired by Polynesian tattoo patterns. Together with historical tidbits about each inclusion ingredient, the complete package of flavor, art, and culture create three bars that do more than taste good: this is chocolate with a sense of place. A fruit brought by Polynesian settlers on their long voyage to Hawaii, banana is known as one of the canoe plants - crops essential for island living. Mai'a (banana), was used as sustenance, offerings to ali'i (ruling chiefs), and as medicine.

Tasting notes: Banana, Passion Fruit & Coconut

Weight: 60g

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OmNom Tanzania 70%

Omnom is a small-batch, craft chocolate maker based in Reykjavík, Iceland. The company started as an experiment to see if the two friends could master how to make chocolate. From the start, they received positive tasting feedback. After receiving positive feedback, they set up a small chocolate-making lab inside a converted gas station and launched. Omnom's mission is to make the best chocolate possible using the highest quality of ingredients.

A pure dark single-origin bar from Tanzania cocoa. It features a dominance of stone fruits and roasted hazelnuts with hints of raisins and ripe apricots.

Tasting notes: Fruity & Nutty

Weight: 60g

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Ranger Maple 66% Medium

Based on family recipes and named for founder George Domurot’s niece, a National Park Service Forest Ranger, Ranger Chocolate Company carefully handles each cacao bean to unlock nuance, regionality, and terroir-driven flavours in their chocolate.

Maple sugar is made by evaporating the water from maple sap, leaving behind pure maple sugar crystals. Maple sugar tends to have a sweeter taste. Paired with a bold fruit forward Trinitario cacao, the resulting chocolate bar has a unique flavor profile that we think you're going to love.

Tasting notes: Strawberry & Maple

Weight: 35g

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Blanxart Congo Eco-Organic 82%

It was in April of 1954 when the master chocolatier Francesc Agrás embarked on a long journey through the best patisseries and confectioneries in Europe. His passion for excellence in artisan confectionery was the seed that led to the founding of one of the most renowned Catalan chocolate factories: Bombons Blanxart. It all started in a modest workshop in the neighborhood of Les Corts (Barcelona) and feeding a dream - bringing the best cocoa beans from Ghana, Congo, and Guayaquil to chocolate.

There has got to be a law against chocolate this good. Intense smoke and coffee flavor permeates the palate leaving its delectable mark on the unwary taste-traveler.

Tasting notes: Smokey & Coffee

Weight: 125g

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Dick Taylor Jamaica, Bachelor's Hall 75% Limited Edition

Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor have always loved crafting. With a background in woodworking and boat building, they have always worked with their hands. Craft is a guiding principle in their lives. After hearing about the craft chocolate movement in the late '00s, they saw similarities in woodworking and craft chocolate making. They became fascinated with the idea of the chocolate experience and in 2010 bought their first chocolate-making equipment. Their chocolate captures and highlights the subtle flavour nuances in the cacao they source from around the world, with the goal to make an enjoyable chocolate experience for us.

Limited Release Single Origin from Bachelor's Hall Estate in South-Eastern Jamaica. With rich notes of apricot, graham cracker, and dates, this bar is unique and delicious! The perfect, unique gift for the chocolate connoisseur or dark chocolate lover.

Tasting notes: Apricot, Graham Cracker & Dates

Weight: 57g

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Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged 82%

Raaka is devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers they trust and admire. The unique flavour of their unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. They craft their bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character. Their chocolate making process values the community of growers, producers, and makers whose livelihoods depend on cacao and chocolate. All of their chocolate is made from scratch, bean-to-bar, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

They age single origin Tanzanian cacao in bourbon casks for two months, creating a deeply nuanced bar with a cocktail-like vibe: oaky and smooth, with a hint of cherry cordial on the finish. It is their best selling bar and a 2013 Good Food Award Winner.

Tasting notes: Oaky & Cherry

Weight: 50g

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Akesson's Madagascar Criollo 100%

Akesson's Organic Chocolate is the first "Tree-to-Bar" chocolate maker. The Akesson family started with a single plantation in Madagascar. Today, Bertil Akesson has expanded the company's cacao network with plantations in Madagascar, Brazil, and Indonesia. If you tried craft chocolate or world-famous chocolatier chocolate, it is likely that it came from one of Akesson's cacao plantations. Akesson's Organic Chocolate bars have won a multitude of awards and is regarded as one of the best craft chocolate bars on the market. 

Expressive with naturally sweet, citrusy, red fruit notes. The Criollo beans for this bar are harvested in limited batches among other bountiful world-renowned cacao. Akesson's nearly 5,000 acres is located in the Sambirano Valley of Madagascar. Broken up into many smaller plantations, it produces cacao used by chefs and chocolate makers around the world. On the Ambolikapiky plantation, only 2 tons of Criollo beans are grown each year while the rest of the plantation produces 300 tons of Trinitario per year. Certified organic.

Award: 2016 Academy of Chocolate Gold Winner

Tasting notes: Citrusy, Aromatic, Sweet and Tart Red Fruits

Weight: 60g

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To get started with craft chocolate, start with our Kekao Box. We search the world for the finest chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly.

From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you’ll get inside the box!

Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. 

Have someone who you appreciate? It also makes as a great gift

If you want to just try a couple of bars, check out our online chocolate shop. It's a selection of what we have curated in our past boxes. 

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