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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.
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).
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.
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.