Akesson’s – Madagascar 100% Criollo

By Åkesson's

(9 customer reviews)


A 100% bar made from the rare Criollo bean, this creation from renowned chocolate maker Åkesson’s bursts with the flavour of sweet berries and citrus.

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For every kilogram of cocoa harvested on Åkesson’s estate, less than 7g is Criollo. This special bar is made from 100% Criollo beans, a decadence that shines through as soon as you open the wrapper. The intense chocolate bursts with notes of berries and is accompanied by a natural sweetness that is unexpected in a bar with such a high percentage of cacao. This complements beautifully the fruity-sweet tartness and subtle hints of citrus as you let the bar melt on your tongue.


Bertil Åkesson is one of the true heroes of the bean-to-bar market. He has pioneered the direct sale of his single-estate beans to over 300 chocolate makers all over the world and has crafted his own range of award-winning bars. Born to a Swedish diplomat father and a French mother, Bertil grew up in Madagascar, where his family settled in the 1970s. His father established a number of cocoa and spice plantations on the island, which Bertil has since expanded.

Bars made with Bertil’s beans have won a long list of accolades and prizes all over the world, and this lively and expressive single-origin bar is no exception. Awards for this bar include Gold at the Great Taste awards (for four years in a row!), Gold at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, and Gold at the International Chocolate Awards. This bar hails from Åkesson’s Ambolikapiky plantation in the celebrated cacao producing valley of Sambirano, northwest Madagascar, a favourite source of beans for many of the world’s best chocolate makers and chefs.

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Weight 60 g

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Single Bar £5.95, Carton of 12 £71.40

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9 reviews for Akesson’s – Madagascar 100% Criollo

  1. Paul E.

    Oh dear, I don’t think 100% chocolate is for me.

  2. Bronwen P.

    Incredible texture, smoothness and depth of flavour. We love this bar.

  3. Martin B.

    Very nice…

  4. Laura M.

    Super bar. Lovely and fruity, hard to believe it was 100% as it wasn’t as astringent as some can be. Would buy again.

  5. Sally E.

    This was my favourite 100% and I had several bars earlier this year. Very fruity, sweeter and more flavourful than other 100%, less intense and moreish. However, the latest bar I had, I noticed was from Bejofo estate not Ambolikapiky so presumably a different batch, and it was not so fruity, and did not melt quite so well.

  6. Martin O.

    I will not buy this until the website says what the weight it. If is is a 10g bar then it is bad value. If it is 1kg then I will buy lots of them.

    • Richard M.

      Hi Martin, thank you for your message. This bar is 60g. The bar size, and other information about the bar, are visible in the Additional Information tab.

  7. Tzvi S.

    The second bar I’ve eaten by them. Both were good. I would not hesitate to purchase any chocolate from this group.

  8. Leonard V.

    A solid 100% chocolate comparable to Chocolat Madagascar or Pralus in terms of its texture and fruity acidic taste notes.

  9. Martyna Z.

    A very pleasant and creamy 100% bar, although I found it less fruity than Pralus Le 100%. Anyway, both bars together with Domori Il 100% are definitely the type of pure cocoa bars I like.

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Maker description

Cocoa grower Bertil Åkesson's father was a Swedish diplomat before starting a trading company and traveling the world before settling in Madagascar. Read more about Åkesson's

Energy2552kJ / 610kcal
of which
- saturates0.0399g
of which
- sugars9.74g
Milk (traces), nuts (traces)
100% organic cocoa beans, pure organic cocoa butter (no vegetable fat)