Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - March 2021
As spring approaches, we dive into our March Kekao Box to look at the wonderfully curated selection of chocolate bars and ponder, which bars to take for those long walks, hikes and spring picnics.
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
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.
They’ve enjoyed success, but despite their growth, Blanxart’s core principles haven’t changed – everything from the roasting to the packaging, inspired by the Barcelona History Museum, remains the same. Blanxart’s logo and branding faithfully reflect its philosophy, rooted in tradition and cultural heritage.
Blanxart Peru Eco-Organic 77%
Criollo beans from Peru characterize this chocolate, although the delicate creaminess and smooth flavor indicates the generous coca butter usage in this bar. Surprisingly approachable for such a dark chocolate, give a taste of this to any naysayers!
Tasting notes: Smokey, Woody & Liquorice
AKESSON'S ORGANIC CHOCOLATE:
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.
Akesson Brazil Forastero 75%
Grown on a historical Brazilian plantation, Forastero cacao's astonishing warm aroma is balanced with tart notes of the native pitanga fruit in a 75% dark chocolate. The Pitanga fruit, also known as the 'Brazilian cherry', looks like a small pumpkin and has a sharp and sweet taste. Parasinho's Forestero cacao is the only variety grown on this Fazenda Sempre Firme plantation. Grown amid a forest with the highest biodiversity on earth, this exceptional cacao is distinctly Brazilian.
Tasting notes: Earthy, Tobacco, Brazilian Pitanga Fruit, Tart & Autumn Spices
MANOA CHOCOLATE HAWAII:
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.
Their original equipment involved a barbeque 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 Ali'i Kula Lavender 60%
Taste tropical relaxation with lavender from Ali'i Kula farm. Steeped in cocoa butter, the locally grown flowers create a distinctive floral and creamy chocolate.
Tasting notes: Lavender, Fragrant & Creamy
ARTISAN DU CHOCOLAT:
From conching and refining their own chocolate bars to sending chocolate gingers into space or purveying 3 Michelin starred restaurants, Artisan du Chocolat has broken the mould and redefined modern luxury British chocolates since 1999. All their chocolates are handcrafted in their atelier in the Kent countryside.
At the heart of Artisan du Chocolat is a commitment to innovation and excellence that breeds a constant stream of ideas created with passion, crafted for pleasure. They explore the world of chocolate with a careful balance of focused dedication and inspired roaming, often taking the road less traveled to create iconic chocolates.
Artisan Du Chocolat Salted Honeycomb 41%
Honeycomb, Scottish pudd candy, Canadian sponge candy, American sea foam or fairy food candy, British cinder toffee or Irish bonfire toffee, they love it so much that they smothered bits of it in a creamy milk chocolate bar balanced by a hint of sea salt.
Tasting notes: Crunchy, Sweet & Hint of Salt
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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