Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - November
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
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's Espresso Chocolate Bar strikes a balance between two of our most beloved items on the planet, chocolate, and espresso. They collaborated with some of the best coffee roasters in Portland to produce a warm and welcoming bar.
Tasting notes: Cream & Carmel
Beyond Good is a Brooklyn-based chocolate and vanilla company established in 2006 by two Peace Corps volunteers who served in Madagascar. The company sells a range of single-origin chocolate bars and vanilla products, sourced from Madagascar, and Uganda. All of the cocoa is certified direct trade and is sourced directly from Madagascan and Ugandan cocoa farmers.
Beyond Good Uganda Crispy Rice 73%
A single origin Uganda cacao bar, rich and ultra-chocolatey with notes of caramel and apricot. The only thing that can make that flavor profile even more comforting is a mouth-watering crunch.
Tasting notes: Caramel & Apricot
Baianí chocolate is a tree-to-bar Brazilian chocolate maker. Baiani bars carry the tradition of the Pinheiro and Aquino families, both part of the cacao farming tradition in Bahia since the end of the 19th Century. Owned by the Pinheiro family since 1973, Santa Rita farm, is where Vale Potumujú is located.
Baiani Orange Zest 70%
This bar is another award winner for Baiani and their best seller since they launched their brand. For this recipe they don’t use infusions, or any artificial flavor. Only the fresh zest from very carefully selected oranges that are added to the 70% chocolate as they are molding them into Baiani bars. The cacao butter in the chocolate encapsulates the freshness of the zests keeping this intense flavor, just waiting for that first bite and for an amazing experience.
Tasting notes: Zesty & Citrus
QANTU CACAO ET CHOCOLAT:
One of the industry’s most adorable married couples, Elfi and Maxime exploded onto the chocolate scene in 2017, winning two Academy of Chocolate Awards. They encourage the farms they work with in Elfi’s home country of Peru to avoid the economic temptation of commercial cacao strains or hybrids, instead promoting biodiversity by focusing strictly on native varieties of cacao. Qantu’s chocolate is a deep dive into the role genetics and terroir play in flavors novices and experts alike can revel in.
Qantu Chocolate Maple & Maras Fleur de Sel 60%
Iconic Canadian Maple and Peruvian Fleur de Sel unite with Chuncho cacao in this heart-warming bar inspired by the the love story of its makers. Taste the love of Qantu's founders in a bar that unites their homes. Peruvian cacao sets the stage for Quebec maple, and is dusted with Fleur de Sel from Cusco, where the two met.
Tasting notes: Sweet Spices, Banana, Cinnamon & Warm Maple
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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