From way up high in the mountains of the Waslala region of Nicaragua is where Blanxart discovered the unique criollo and trinitario cocoa beans that go into their organic 85% chocolate bar. With flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, jasmine and nuts, these beans are rich and complex, but without the typical bitter edge that can come with lower grade beans. Blanxart, a bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate producer based in Barcelona, Spain, has been making chocolate since 1954, and were pioneers in the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. Blanxart continues to seek out the best beans from all over the world, and in this case have done what they do best, turned them into a smooth chocolate representative of the eco preserve where these beans are grown. This sense of terroir is what makes their single origin chocolate bars so special.
Criollo and trinitario beans represent a very small percentage of the world’s cacao production, as they yield fewer beans and are of higher quality. These beans come from Nicaragua’s Bosawas Nature Preserve which is one of the largest in Central America. Blanxart has formed a partnership with a handful of farmers, working as a cooperative, who organically cultivate these beans on small seven acre farms. The farmers are paid fairly and work to make their production more sustainable – both for people and the planet.
Blanxart has always been passionate about finding the highest quality beans and then blending them with just the right amount of cane sugar and cocoa butter to make the very finest and most unique chocolates. These Organic 85% Nicaragua Dark Chocolate bars are now available in the U.S., along with the full line of organic single-origin bars from Blanxart.