Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - September 2020

Oh, noo... summer is coming to an end. No need to worry, your monthly Kekao Box is here to snuggle you up for the fall. Get the pumpkin spice lattes out or pumpkin spice fill in the blanks and pair it with your September Kekao monthly craft chocolate club box. 

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

WHAT'S INSIDE KEKAO'S CRAFT CHOCOLATE CLUB SEPTEMBER BOX

Monthly Craft Chocolate Club

BLANXART:

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 Nicaragua Eco-Organic 85%

This is a bar of organic dark chocolate made with 85% Criollo and Trinitario cocoa from Nicaragua. It is one of the smoothest 85% chocolate bars we have tried. Definitely a bar for those who are new to high percentage bars.

Tasting notes: Lemon, Orange, Flowers & Nuts

Weight: 125g

Retail: $7.99

Blanxart Nicaragua Eco-Organic 85%

AMANO ARTISAN CHOCOLATE:

Amano Artisan Chocolate is a small-batch craft chocolate maker based in Orem, Utah. Amano is an award-winning maker, they make all their chocolate on vintage equipment. Their small batch process allows Amano to control and observe flavor development, making each batch of chocolate not only delicious but unique.

Amano uses Italian and French confectionary techniques. They source their beans from South and Central America as well as certain regions of Africa and Oceania.

Amano Macoris 70%

This is one of their newest single-origin bars. Made with beans from the Dominican Republic this bar has hints of apricot, caramel, brown sugar, and cream all held together with a rich earthy chocolate base.


Tasting notes: 
Apricot, Caramel, Brown Sugar & Cream

Weight: 85g

Retail: $7.99 

Amano Macoris 70%

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 Mai'a Banana & Nibs 70%

This inclusion bar is a new creation by Manoa. This bar features vibrant artwork by local artist Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha and delicate molding inspired by Polynesian tattoo patterns. Together with historical tidbits about each inclusion ingredient, the complete package of flavor, art, and culture create three bars that do more than taste good: this is chocolate with a sense of place. A fruit brought by Polynesian settlers on their long voyage to Hawaii, banana is known as one of the canoe plants - crops essential for island living. Mai'a (banana), was used as sustenance, offerings to ali'i (ruling chiefs), and as medicine.

Tasting notes: Banana, Passion Fruit & Coconut

Weight: 60g

Retail: $6.99

Manoa Mai'a Banana & Nibs 70%

RAAKA:

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 flavor 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.

Raaka Coconut Milk 60%

This is a vegan dark milk chocolate. It’s proof that we can, sometimes, have it all. It’s a silky, smooth utopian bar that catapults you into peak summer, with lush notes of berries and cream. Made with single-origin Ugandan cacao from Semuliki Forest and pure shredded coconut.

Tasting notes: Berries & Cream

Weight: 50g

Retail: $5.99

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. 

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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