We're taking a little break from the Brittle & Bark kitchen to travel around Asia. Here's the chocolate news from Thailand....
Thailand can be hot. Sticky, melty hot. It’s not the country that you normally associate with chocolate, but Thailand has been growing cacao for over a century. The crop was brought to Asia via the Spanish territory of the Philippines, in the late 17th century. Despite the availability of cacao, it wasn’t until recently that the country started to see significant development of the beans. In the last year or so, Thailand has burst onto the fine chocolate scene with artisan chocolate producers opening up shops in Bangkok and in the northern city of Chiang Mai. The year was also marked with big wins for Thai cocoa at the International Chocolate Awards Asia-Pacific Competition and the UK based Academy of Chocolate Awards, that showcases the very best in everything chocolate-related from around the world!
While in Thailand, we had the opportunity to meet with the owners of two boutique bean to bar shops - Siamaya, and Aimmika.
Siamaya Chocolate was founded on the idea, that Thailand needed quality all-natural chocolate product, with no additives or chemicals. They believe in fair trade, and in fair opportunities for their bean suppliers, most of which are small family owned farms that have been owned for generations. Their handcrafted chocolate is produced in a small workshop in Chiang Mai where every aspect of processing raw cocoa beans to final chocolate bars is control for premium quality. They collaborate with local artists for packaging, branding and even some flavour development. In this way, they are close to the pulse of Thailand - and they promise that you will taste the magical flavors of Thailand in their chocolate. Our favourite flavours: Milk chocolate with Mocha, Thai tea, and their 75% Dark Chocolate with chili
Aimmika chocolate blossomed from a chance interaction with the owner of an organic vegetarian ImmAim Vegetarian Café and a famous chocolate maker from Denmark, Friis Holm Chocolate. Mr. O, owner of Aimmika has become a passionate producer of pure organic bean to bar vegan chocolate with a focus on creating quality chocolate for everyone who cares about his/her health, as well as the environment. “Aim for chocolate happiness” Our favourites: 72% Dark and 80% Dark
Are you interested in tasting Thai Chocolate?
Contact us directly and we will arrange to bring some back to the UK for you.
Are you interested in traveling to Thailand?
Balance Bound is organising an immersive chocolate experience which includes visiting local cacao farms, an end to end chocolate making workshop and chocolate pairing event. Register your interest here.