Madagascar Dark Chocolate BarMADE BY RITUAL CHOCOLATE IN DENVER, COLORADO
Anna Davies and Robbie Stout love each other. But they might both just love chocolate more – they trace their Ritual Chocolate creations from bean to bar, focusing on coaxing the most complex, specific flavor possible from the beans, which they source directly from the farmers.
The Somia Plantation in the lower Sambirano Valley of Northern Madagascar has unique growing conditions and post-harvest practices that are known for producing rich, citrus-y, nutty cacao. That's the organic cacao you'll find in this bar, along with just some organic cane sugar – a beautifully simple showcase of the distinctive terroir of Madagascan cacao beans. Robbie and Anna say the nuttiness is reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts, and it's balanced by bright fruity notes on top.
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This bar is bold, fruity and flirty, so pair it with anything mild and creamy to make the sparks really fly. A smear of peanut butter is a great idea – don't question it, run with it. Or, shave some of this bar over whipped cream or ice cream for a creamy complement.