Kekao Craft Chocolate Bar Subscription Box - January
Happy New Year! Is your New Years' resolution to eat more craft chocolate? Ours too. How weird? If you subscribed to our Kekao Box, you are off to a good start. Let's discover what you can find in January's box.
WHAT'S INSIDE KEKAO'S CRAFT CHOCOLATE BAR JANUARY BOX
Markham & Fitz:
Markham & Fitz started in 2014 when two University of Arkansas alumni Lauren Blanco & Preston Stewart pulled their savings together to buy chocolate making equipment.
Lauren worked in grassroots economic development, this is when she encountered her first cacao farm. Driven to make a positive difference in the cacao supply chain, she leads the company's strategy, creative direction, and product development.
Preston has a background in chemistry and a passion for food science. After tasting craft chocolate for the first time, he dove headfirst in the art of making craft chocolate. Preston leads the company's production operations, quality control, and ensures the highest quality chocolate is made.
Markham & Fitz's mission is to celebrate people and the cacao bean. They practice sustainability like zero-waste initiatives, compostable and recyclable packaging, transparency in supply chain and sourcing high-quality cacao beans.
This 75% dark chocolate bar by Markham & Fitz features notes of cinnamon raisin and brownie that will surprise your palate, with orange peel, and dried fig following for a lingering finish.
Tasting notes: Cinnamon Raisin, Brownie, Orange Peel & Dried Fig
Duffy's is a small-scale producer of fine quality chocolate from Lincolnshire, UK. All of their chocolate is made from cacao beans with no substitute or artificial chocolate flavoring. Duffy's buys unroasted beans and performs the entire chocolate-making process in house without compromising the integrity of the chocolate.
Duffy's Tierra Oscura is a bar of lovely fruity complex chocolate with hints of cherries and licorice. The beans are bought directly from a farmer on a small island in Panama and must be transported in canoes across a lagoon.
Tasting notes: Fruity, Cherries & Licorice
Michel Cluizel is a French Chocolate Manufacturer since 1948. For three generations the Cluizel family has evolved amidst fragrances of chocolate. With the help of skilled Cacaofèviers, confectioners and chocolate makers, the family carries on with their tradition, where everything started in Damville, Normandy. The Manufacture Cluizel developed a direct, sustainable relation with cacao planters.
Michel Cluizel's Noir De Cacao is a 72% dark chocolate bar. It is mellow, yet excelling in the aromatic intensity of woody, even licorice notes with very strong cacao flavors. Its remarkable length in the mouth is generous and smooth with a bit of bitterness at its finish.
Tasting notes: Woody & Licorice
Chocolate Naive makes chocolate in a little town on the Eastern side of Lithuania, where they make their chocolate from bean to bar.
Each and every morning, the chocolate master carefully roasts fresh cacao beans whose delicious aroma gently awakens the residents of the town. Just as they were hundreds of years ago, cacao beans are slowly rolled and conched to release.
Their extraordinary bouquet of fruits, nuts, and flowers in a delicately finished chocolate bar. These handcrafted bars are later stored to mature and form a complicated array of tastes and seasonings.
Naive makes chocolate in ways that help to reveal the character of a particular cacao bean. For some time already their products have put Lithuania on the foodie map as a rising star of gourmet chocolate in the world.
This delicious bar uses pollen from Naive's own biodynamic apiary found next to the forest where the bees gather their exquisite nectar. Due to its unique location, the honey and pollen are dark ambers in colour and thick with notes of the mossy earth and her flavours. These notes create unusual alchemy with chocolate. The intricate process of combining honey with chocolate puts this recipe among the most technologically sophisticated recipes around.
Tasting notes: Woody & Licorice
From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you get inside the box!
Each month we will curate 3 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.
Too much chocolate? You can pause at any time!
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