Here is your chance to experience what chocolate tasted like before the introduction of scientific plant breeding and industrial farm techniques? Before flavor was sacrificed in the name of efficiency?
The answer is better than you can imagine!
Jake Marlin moved his young family to the Belize jungle in 1993 to start an Eco-Tourism business. He discovered wild cacao trees growing under the forest canopy. Designated heirloom by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association in 2016, this variety was probably farmed by paleo Indians and the Maya.
Shade-loving cacao beans and traditional farming techniques preserve the rainforest and allow local farmers to earn a decent living. Small batch production using the finest ingredients yields these unique chocolates. Try them and you will be hooked!
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|Package Size||4 oz.|
|Allergens||Milk, made in facility that shares equipment with products that contain milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, coconut|
|Storage Hints||Store at room temperature and low humidity|
|Other Information||Made from heirloom certified cacao|
Stories to Savor
Chocolate was brought to Europe from the Americas by Columbus where it quickly became a hugely popular delicacy. That popularity has never waned. Pretty amazing for anything to never go out of style over hundreds of years.
But the cocoa plants did change. The trees of the 16th Century loved shade and thrived beneath the jungle canopies of South America. The trees grew wild and the pods were harvested by locals.
Demand outstripped supply. Over years, the cacao plants were engineered to grow in sunshine on organized plantations. Production was increased exponentially, but the chocolate lost some of its original taste.
To their credit, the large chocolate companies have committed resources to find and preserve heirloom chocolate varieties. They set up a program to DNA test and taste test heirloom candidates. To be designated an heirloom variety, the genetics had to be correct and the taste to be great. Only 15 submissions have qualified as heirloom.
Belize Heirloom Chocolates is one of the certified heirloom varieties. It grows under the canopy of the forest, so no clear cutting is needed. It is not suitable for plantation techniques, so it is a crop that small farmers can use to support their families. Finally, It tastes better.
|METHOD||COST (PER ORDER)||EXPECTED ARRIVAL|
|Standard||USPS Ground||4-7 Business days|