A dear friend and sailorwoman recently navigated through the Caribbean and stopped on the island of Grenada. A gorgeous island located near St. Lucia, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, Time Cupsoul looked up pictures of the stunning oasis and followed the friends’ adventures via reading articles online. Among other attractions, a key discovery was made: Grenada has cocoa trees, and The Grenada Chocolate Company is an award-winning bean-to-bar maker on the island. After a few short weeks, the “Organic Dark Chocolate Nib-A-Licious 60%” bar arrived at the Time Cupsoul doorstep, direct from the Caribbean Sea.
The Grenada Chocolate Co. bar is wrapped in a bright package with the quintessential Caribbean blue accenting a cocoa tree on the coast, and dotes a few award/seals given to Grenada Chocolate Company: 1) Best Inclusion in the 2013 Northwest Chocolate Festival, Bronze Medal Award, 2) Academy of Chocolate Silver Winner 2013, and 3) Chocolate Awards 2012 Finalist.
The bar is organic, dairy free, gluten free and nut free and lists the company as “the original tree-to-bar cooperative;” the cooperative processes small batches of Grenadian Trinitario cocoa beans into chocolate at the local solar-powered factory. Because the beans are processed in small batches, the process “preserves the true taste of Grenada’s cocoa,” bar marketing explains.
Upon tasting, the chocolate has a strong snap and crunchy nibs throughout. The depth of the bar is thicker than some other chocolate, and is firm but delightful. Looking at the bar, the coloring is a deep-brown, with a nice sheen. Further savoring brings forth two strong flavors: “sweet” and “fruit.” In the “sweet” notes, “dark molasses” and “honey” are tasted. The “fruit” notes are “ripe” and banana specifically comes through quite strongly. Overall, the chocolate bar has a great “wet brownie” flavor. Truly delicious and a treat that was savored over many weeks by Time Cupsoul. This bar would be purchased, gifted or recommended again. A chocolate time cupsoul escape!
It appears that it’s possible to buy The Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate bars online from various chocolate retailers. The bars average about 6 USD for 3 oz (excluding shipping). If you’re in Grenada, these bars can be purchased from the source. Additionally, the Third Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival is coming up this May 13-22, 2016.
As always, this post is not sponsored.