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Hawaiian Chocolate & Cacao Culture

Paradise. This is most people’s understanding of Hawaii. There are palm trees swaying in the wind, a gentle surf, and pineapples. Sometimes we imagine macadamia nuts and hula dancers, but overall it’s more tropical beach than rain forest. But such images just scratch the surface of Hawaiian potential, and all the many unique things to …

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Craft Chocolate Review Fresco Chocolate 72% Dominican Republic Recipe 212 Front of Bar Packaging

*Fresco Chocolate Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212

Bar: Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212 Maker: Fresco Chocolate (Lynden, WA, USA) Price: $8/50g (Chocolopolis in Seattle, USA) Munch Factor: 2.5/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter. Appearance: hunter green-brown, squat rectangular packaging with swirly cacao pod logo & company name centered. Information on the cacao & processing choices are on the back. Thin gold aluminum …

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Craft Chocolate Review Brasstown Chocolate 62% Sea Salt Chocolate Front of Bar Packaging

*Brasstown Chocolate Sea Salt 62%

Bar: Sea Salt 62% Maker: Brasstown Chocolate (Winston-Salem, NC, USA) Price: $10/60g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Certified Organic Cacao Beans, Raw Sugar, Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Chardonnay Oak Smoked Sea Salt. Appearance: deep blue rectangular packaging with the heavyhanded “BRASSTOWN” printed across the front and a blacked-out bottom underlining a boat in shadow. The …

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Craft Chocolate Review Wild Omen Mesquite Raw Chocolate Front of Bar Packaging

*Wild Omen Chocolate Mesquite Raw

Bar: Mesquite Raw Maker: Wild Omen Chocolate (Taos, NM, USA) Price: $6.75/32g (Sugar Pill in Seattle, USA) Munch Factor: 2.5/10 Ingredients: Organic Stoneground Cacao, Cacao Butter, Wildcrafted Arizona Mezquite, Wildflower Honey, Utah Sea Salt. Appearance: about the size of a cell phone circa 2003, but with the old timey look of a bible written by hippies, this bar …

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Craft Chocolate Review cloudforest 70% Camino Verde Front of Bar Packaging

*Cloudforest Chocolate Camino Verde 73%

Bar: Camino Verde Ecuador 73% Maker: Cloudforest Chocolate (Portland, OR, USA) Price: $6.75/35g (Sugar Pill in Seattle, USA) Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter. Appearance: small square white packaging with a real dried cacao tree leaf seen through a large hole cut into the center of the packaging. It’s quite lovely. The inner …

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Craft Chocolate Review Theo 45% Lemon Milk Chocolate Front of Bar Packaging

*Theo’s Lemon Milk Chocolate 45%

Bar: Lemon Milk Chocolate 45% Maker: Theo’s Chocolate (Seattle, WA, USA) Price: $4/85g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 7.5/10 Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar, Organic Fair Trade Cacao Beans, Organic Fair Trade Cacao Butter, Organic Milk Powder, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Fair Trade Ground Vanilla Bean. Appearance: like all Theo bars, this one is rectangular with the circular …

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Craft Chocolate Review Solstice Utah Based India Anamalai 70% Front of Bar Packaging on Flowers

*Solstice Chocolate Anamalai 70% (India)

Bar: Anamalai 70% (India) Maker: Solstice Chocolate (Murray, UT, USA) Price: $9/65g (Cacao Review) Munch Factor: 5/10 Ingredients: organic cacao bean, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter. Appearance: all of Solstice’s bars put together create a beautiful spectrum of colors & origins, and this is one of the latest additions. The bar’s dark brown color and pre-broken block mold, …

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Craft Chocolate Review Marsatta Fancy Chocolate Supreme Dark 74% Front of Bar Packaging on Roof

*Marsatta Supreme Dark Chocolate 74%

Bar: Supreme Dark Chocolate 74% Maker: Marsatta Chocolate (Torrance, CA, USA) Price: $8/50g (Gift From a Friend) Munch Factor: 4/10 Ingredients: organic cacao beans and organic sugar. Appearance: I’m not sure why, but this bar screams gimmicky to me. Maybe it’s the use of the word “fancy”? The bottom is a 70’s wall paper pattern with the …

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Craft Chocolate Review Dandelion Costa Esmeraldas 70% Front of Bar Packaging

*Dandelion Chocolate Costa Esmeraldas

Bar: Costa Esmeraldas 70% (Ecuador) Maker: Dandelion Chocolate Maker (San Francisco, USA) Price: $8.50/56g (direct from maker) Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: cocoa beans & cane sugar. Appearance: with iredescent gold weaved into the fabric of their bars’ packaging, to say that I like their design choices would be an understatement. While I think they include more on the front …

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