Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - March
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
Valrhona is a French chocolate company founded in 1922. The company produces a wide range of high-quality chocolates, including dark, milk, and white chocolate, as well as chocolate bars, pastries, and other confections. Valrhona's chocolate is known for its rich, intense flavor and is used by many professional pastry chefs and chocolatiers around the world. The company is based in the small town of Tain l'Hermitage in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
Valrhona Grand Cru Abinao 85%
Highly-sophisticated dark chocolate with an empowering and intense aroma. ABINAO 85% emphasizes a specific bitterness and exceptional long-lasting flavors. To create these luxurious Grand Cru Chocolates, Valrhona has selected, blended, and refined the best cocoa, chosen for the exemplary way each one’s aromatic potential complements the other.
Tasting notes: Intense
“The best-kept secret of the Incas,” made at origin in Peru. Cacaosuyo are chocolate geeks’ elite rockstars. Minimally processed chocolate bars express each Peruvian cacao strain’s genetics in crystal clear surround sound. Their unrivalled attention to detail and direct trade practices are key in improving the lives of producers and preserving rare varietals that would otherwise be lost to more industrial, “productive” strains.
Cacaosuyo Piura Select 70%
A bar of vibrant chocolate reminiscent of sweet tarts, the cacao for this bar is carefully selected and processed to preserve all of its vibrant, natural flavors. Made with rare Porcelana cacao from the Piura region, this chocolate offers abundant bright, tart, fruity notes and then settles into a more nutty, woodsy finish.
Tasting notes: Vibrant, Sweet Tarts, Balsamic Vinegar, Citrusy & Nutty
Crow and Moss
Crow & Moss started in a basement and was born out of owner Mike Davies' sudden desire to learn how to make craft chocolate while driving home from work. With his initial setup, he began his journey and never looked back. Now, the company produces artisan chocolate in 100-pound batches at their 2000-square-foot factory in Petoskey Michigan, aiming to bring unique and authentic flavor experiences to chocolate lovers worldwide.
Vanilla Smoke Dark Chocolate Bar 69%
For this inclusion bar, they've taken whole Madagascar vanilla beans and paired them with a hint of hickory smoked cacao and a touch of salt to create a fruity, floral twist with a nostalgic campfire finish.
Tasting Notes: Smokey
Founded in 2015, Goodio is a food pioneer with a big heart. The story started with a question: “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”. Goodio was created on the principles of sustainability, well-being, and transparency. It's a vision to bring Nordic-inspired flavors to a chocolate brand for the global consumer.
Goodio Café Ubuntu 61%
Goodio Chocolate joined forces with Ubuntu Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to creating jobs and empowering communities in Kenya. Like the African concept of ubuntu or interconnectedness, this chocolate is a blend of distinctive East African coffee and Ugandan cacao that join harmoniously to create a chocolate with rich notes of golden raisin, maple, and fig.
Tasting notes: Golden Raisin, Maple & Fig
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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Actual chocolate received in any given month may feature different chocolates than described in this blog post.