Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - July 2021

Summer is in full effect and so is your July Kekao Box.

Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.  

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RANGER CHOCOLATE:

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 flavors in their chocolate. Ranger’s addictive granolas, caramel sauce, and gourmet candy bars complement their two-ingredient single-origin bars for a unique product line. Like all good Rangers, they also take care of the planet, using candy bar proceeds to plant trees and take care of wildlife.

Ranger Japan Sea Salt 78% Medium 

Their Japan Sea Salt Chocolate Bar is one of three bars in their sea salt adventure series - where they explore salt harvested from the Pacific Ocean. They teamed up with their friends at Bitterman Salt Co to pair the exquisite Japanese Hana Flake Sea Salt with cacao beans from the Semuliki Forest in Uganda. Sea salt is turned into the chocolate to add texture and retain its true flavor.

Tasting notes: Earthy & Salty

Weight: 32g

Ranger Japan Sea Salt 78% Medium

DICK TAYLOR CRAFT CHOCOLATE:

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.

Dick Taylor Belize, Toledo 72%

This bar has an intense dried fruit flavor of plum and apricot. It has a nice firm snap, with bright acidity, and a long finish.

Awards: Good Food 2016

Tasting notes: Fruity & Bright

Weight: 57g

Dick Taylor Belize Toledo 72%

MANOA CHOCOLATE HAWAII:

Manoa is a Hawaiian-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. 

Their original equipment involved a barbecue to roast and a tricycle-powered winnower to remove the cacao shells. Now, Manoa is the largest chocolate maker in Hawaii, and it’s in the top ten of the largest bean-to-bar craft chocolate makers in the U.S. 

Manoa Hawaiian Sea Salt 72%

Pink Molokai sea salt sprinkled atop creamy blended chocolate adds bright minerality to a balanced, clean-tasting 72% bar.

Tasting notes: Bright, Thick Coconut, Earthy & Flaky Sea Salt Crunch  

Weight: 50g

Manoa Hawaiian Sea Salt 72%

OMNOM CHOCOLATE REYKJAVÍK:

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.

OmNom Superchocoberrybarley Nibblynuttylicious 70%

A new bar by OmNom. OmNom's Superchocoberrybarleynibblynuttylicious is dark chocolate sprinkled with cranberries, salted almonds, puffed barley, and cacao nibs.

Tasting notes: Fruity & Nutty

Weight: 60g

OmNom Superchocoberrybarley Nibblynuttylicious 70%

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. 

If you want to just try a couple of bars, check out our online chocolate store.

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