Marco Colzani has traveled the world to source the finest ingredients to craft the perfect square of bean-to-bar dark chocolate. Made with 66% dark chocolate from Uganda, this chocolate is smooth and rich with ripe fruit hints and creamy notes. It is topped with thinly sliced dried Sicilian oranges for a fresh citrus flavor and a pleasantly chewy mouthfeel. It's the perfect gift for your loved ones, a sweet treat to close a dinner, or you can simply stash it in your pantry and nibble on it throughout the week!
Marco has chosen Sicilian oranges for this chocolate square for their acidity and unique aroma. The oranges are meant to be a garnish to help contrast and bring out the flavors of the chocolate, which is the true protagonist in this bar.
Marco is one of the world's few true bean-to-bar chocolatiers. He regularly visits his cacao bean suppliers to taste the beans right at the source and work with the farmers to develop the best fermentation methods. Marco's chocolate contains just two ingredients: cacao beans and raw sugar - no additives, preservatives, soy, or vanilla. He calls his chocolate a "spremuta di fave" - a freshly squeezed juice of cacao beans. His recipe is never the same twice since he adjusts the sugar-to-cacao bean ratio based on each batch of beans. He also ages his chocolate for 2-3 months. Like in winemaking, aging allows the chocolate's deep flavor to develop, but it's a costly process that most chocolate makers skip. Marco's chocolate is also un-conched, which means it is processed as little as possible, allowing the beans to maintain their natural flavor characteristics.
But there is more. Marco's cacao butter comes from the same cacao farms he sources his beans from. This is almost unique in chocolate production: cacao butter is typically a mass-market commodity, and it's infrequent finding chocolatiers who opt for a process that starts from scratch. Instead, this bar is single-origin chocolate AND single-origin cocoa butter. Now, if that doesn't elevate your chocolate-eating habit, then we really don't know what will!