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How does chocolate without sugar taste? Try it!
Cocoa contains many interesting flavours. A chocolate with 100% cocoa content presents you with the flavour spectrum of pure cocoa: powerful, mildly bitter, with nutty accents and notes of fruit.
Embark on a powerful chocolate adventure with a cocoa blend of several different fine flavour cocoa beans. A cocoa bar entirely without sugar.
Flavour profile: roasted nuts, accents of cream, expressive notes of fruit like plums, redcurrants and citrus.
May contain traces of all types of nuts, peanuts, milk, sesame and soy.
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This Qantu Chuncho 100% is a 100% bar made with cacao from the Ayacucho region of Peru. With no added sugar the bar provides a pure and more intense approach to this bean.
For their first collection, Maxime & Elfi of Qantu have focused on Peru. Inspired by Elfi’s heritage, they returned to the country where they had originally met. Starting off in Lima they visited Salon du Chocolat there in order to begin forging relationships with different producers. They then went on to visit a number of farmers and co-operatives to find their perfect beans.
For this particular bar, Qantu has worked with Asociacion de productores del VRAE. Though a relatively new producer, it has employed a specialist to help its farmers improve the agricultural techniques. Until recently the region where VRAE operates was victim to violence and the narcotics trade.
Chuncho is an ancient cacao varietal that is native to this particular part of Peru.The beans are especially small and therefore only need a very quick fermentation of about 3 days. This is done in wooden boxes after the cacao is dried in the sun. What they like in size, the beans make up for in flavour. Chuncho cacao is naturally mild with a multifaceted profile that makes it perfect for 100% bars
Crafting 100% chocolate is always difficult. On first we were amazed at the smoothness of the bar along with the flavours. We asked Qantu for more details on the process behind the bar:
“We do a medium roasting on this one to get similar notes to the chocolate they make in Cuzco for hot chocolate cups. In their case, they usually over-roast the beans, which we try to avoid. Acidity is very low in the Chuncho, no need to put a lot of heat during conching. Since it’s a 100%, there is more fat in it because there is no sugar, so chocolate is very liquid, we have hard time on the manual tempering/molding step. An automatic tempering machine would help a lot for this one, that will be our next purchase I think…”
While no sugar might make you think this bar would be bitter the chocolate is wonderfully mild. The smooth bar has gentle and creamy melt that slowly releases flavour. Plenty of fruit, apricot jam and mounds of hazelnuts all come through. The chocolate also reminded us slightly of a malted biscuit (but with far more depth).
Snack on a piece of Maya culture. Made with cacao from Belize and Guatemala, where the Maya, who are the originators of chocolate culture, still live and cultivate their cacao. We’ve visited them and were in awe of this wonderful, unique cacao legacy. Experience a chocolate with 100% cacao content, without any added sugar – a precious piece of authentic cacao history!
Fragrance notes: berries, cherries, mildly tropical accents
Taste notes: spicy-nutty, initial acidity with notes of red fruit and dark roast aroma, spice and nuts as a main flavour, with a subtle finish of tannins similar to black tea
Conching time: 35 hours
Vegan, gluten and lactose free.
A must-try for the 100% lovers. Menakao’s bar packs far more of a punch than Akesson’s and Pralus’ more mellow Madagascan 100% bars. This award winning dark bar is an intense 100% Madagascan dark chocolate. The bar has no sugar in it at all and is made with nothing but cacao, revealing all of the richness of the cocoa.
Unwrap the chocolate and you are instantly hit by a strong fruity aroma. Delicious and inviting as this may be, don’t be fooled into breaking off a great chunk as this chocolate has a serious intensity! The initial berries have a citrus edge, leading to a powerful and sharp finish. A roasted note is mixed with the fruits, which reminds us a little of strong filter coffee. The almost sherbet – like astringency, gives a mouth-watering quality as the chocolate fills your mouth with strong flavours.
This bar doesn’t just taste good, it does good. Madagascan chocolate maker Menakao proudly crafts its chocolate on the island, using only local ingredients. Unfortunately, this is rare even for craft chocolate – it’s estimated that less than 5% of the world’s chocolate is produced in the same country the cocoa is grown. By making the chocolate in Madagascar in addition to growing the cacao on the island, Menakao generate about 4-5 times the benefit of Fair Trade for the local Madagascan economy.
In honour of the men and women of Madagascar of all ethnicities who are at the heart of Menakao chocolate, Menakao decided that the bars should proudly bear the image “not [of] the face of Madagascar, but [of] Madagascan faces.” The beautiful image on the wrapping of this bar is of a Betsimisaraka man. The Betsimisarka (Betsimisaraka meaning “many and inseparable”), are celebrated for their rhythmic dancing traditions and are the largest group on the east coast of Madagascar, a region noted for lush vegetation, dense forest and tropical climate.
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To’ak’s first ever 100% cacao bar has become an office favorite. Surprisingly light, with a hint of sweetness, it reminds us of an 80% bar.
In 2016 the valley of Piedra de Plata experienced the torrential rains of El Niño followed by an unexpected drought during the critical ripening period, and top it off an unusually late harvest was forced by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. This is single-origin 100% Ecuadorian dark chocolate at its finest.
To’ak signature series.
Nose: Berries, floral, forest floor.
Palate: Floral, berries, mint, red wine, forest floor.
Finish: Sweet floral berries and tannic red wine.
Variety: Heirloom Nacional
Vegan, lactose and gluten free.
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This bar is not for everybody. But it is for folks like you and me. We relish the opportunity to taste the unadulterated purity of 100 percent cacao chocolate. With no sweet embellishment, the seed and the maker can both show their true colors.
This is a bar of great intent: a blend of cacao origins our chocolate makers individually roast and refine, before blending them to taste in the conche. Though
no sugar is added, the bright acidity manifests as natural sweetness. This blend surprises tasters with its harmonious balance of flavors.
Just one square of this potent chocolate captures the intensity of a freshly pulled espresso shot. Bold and intensely dark cocoa flavors are balanced with complex and wild fruit flavors of grape and lime.
Dairy-free and suitable for vegans.
May contain traces of: milk, peanuts, eggs, corn, tree nuts, wheat and soy.
Pure chocolate without the sugar. The “perfect superfood” packed with anti-oxidants and mood-enhancing properties. Almost the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals. As a pure fermented fruit, with a long shelf life, this is the ideal vegan treat. Saving the planet one time at the time.
Environmentally friendly: Melt bars are completely plastic-free as we care about our environment and our oceans. Gift a pristine ocean to our children by reducing single-use plastic packaging – Melt has been at the vanguard of this movement for over 10 years.
This product has a 1-year shelf life.
Vegan, lactose and gluten free.