Our Island Bars are handcrafted from the rare and delicate Criollo Cacao Beans handpicked and roasted on small organic and sustainable farms in Maroontown, Jamaica.
Most chocolate, over 80%, comes from a species of cacao plant called the Forrestario: disease resistant, acidic, bland, and characterized by a chemical enzyme that both protects the plant and spoils the taste. Criollo is a finer species of cacao that does not have as much of this enzyme present, and as a result is incredibly flavorful and smooth without a strong bitterness or acidity. It’s smooth taste has secondary aromas of nuts, caramel, and fruit.
Our chocolate is slave free.
2.3 million children work in the cocoa fields of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire where over 70% of the chocolate we eat is grown. These children are vulnerable to brutal labor practices, including trafficking and slavery. Candy companies–including but not limited to: Nestlé, Hershey, Cargill, ADM–have admitted accountability. The candy industry is a US 70-billion-dollar industry.
We are proud that our chocolate is slave free. Maroontown, Jamaica, where our chocolate is grown, is a mountainous area where slaves of the time, first to the Spanish and then to the British, escaped and managed to elude their captors. Decades later, they were officially given their freedom. Our Jamaican chocolate is grown and made by the descendants of escaped slaves, and in supporting our chocolate you are helping their communities to grow and prosper.