Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - July
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
Valrhona has been producing the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France, since 1922. From the beginning, company founder and pastry chef Albéric Guironnet were dedicated to the creation of unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced, and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate.
Valrhona Grand Cru Abinao 85%
This is a highly-sophisticated dark chocolate with empowering and intense aroma, perfect for the dark chocolate lover.
Tasting Notes: Intense & Tannin
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.
This maple-sweetened bar tastes like a brownie straight out of the oven. Rich and smooth on the inside, generously sprinkled with toasted nibs for a crispy, crunchy outside. A longtime factory favorite. Perfect for those looking for alternative sugars.
Tasting notes: Earthy & Fruity
Chocolate Conspiracy sources its cacao beans from the Agro-Industrial Cooperative Atalaya. The association is formed by 300 members who live on the margins of the rivers that make up the Ucayali region of Peru, 60% of the members are native to the Achaninka tribes and the rest are migrant settlers who plant many varieties of fruit. The cacao beans are certified organic, certified fair trade, and certified kosher. The cacao is also non-GMO, non-hybridized, and cultivated from a combination of old-growth cacao trees and new trees that have been planted to help maintain not only the forests but the livelihoods of the farmers and harvesters.
Chocolate Conspiracy Wild Spice Bar 74%
This raw chocolate is blended with cayenne pepper, cinnamon, black peppercorns, nutmeg, raw maca root, raw vanilla bean, and black lava salt.
Tasting notes: Earthy & Fruity
DICK TAYLOR 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 flavor nuances in the cacao they source from around the world, with the goal to make an enjoyable chocolate experience for us.
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.
Tasting notes: Fruity & Bright
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.
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Please note actual chocolate received in any given month may feature different chocolates than described in this blog post.