Winning silver at the Academy of Chocolate Awards (2021), this bar is the perfect example of how to delicately balance inclusions with cocoa’s richness and complexity. The sweet nougat is undercut by the satisfying nuttiness, creating a deliciously balanced bar, that (like most hazelnut bars) isn’t overly sweet.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Husband-and-wife Armin and Katya live in the German-speaking region of South Tyrol, in northern Italy. Armin first got into chocolate while living in India for Katya’s work, after learning about the prominence of Indian lentil grinders in the American craft chocolate revolution. The next day he acquired a stone mill, some local cocoa beans, and started crafting chocolate as a hobby. Four years later, in 2018, he and Katya decided to found Karuna Chocolate, earning enormous success in their debut years.
Annalisa Barbieri, columnist at The Guardian gives her take on this bar: “Karuna’s 62% Hazelnut and Dark cashew Nougat, with cocoa from Mexico, is absolutely wonderful (also from Cocoa Runners). It doesn’t taste madly nougat-y, so don’t let that put you off if nougat is not your thing. But if it is, then don’t expect chewy nougat bits, think more nutty bits. It’s organic, fair paid, bean to bar, it’s got it all going on.”
Source: Notes on chocolate: Be your own Valentine with these treats
Ben S. –
Very unusual chocolate; you’d need to really like nuts