This bright and juicy dark chocolate is given an even fruitier twist thanks to the addition of orange peel and cranberry. The sweet but tart dried fruit give the bar a fabulously festive flavour that reminds us of richly spiced mulled wine and satsumas.
This bar doesn’t just taste good, it does good. Madagascan chocolate maker Menakao proudly crafts its chocolate on the island, using only local ingredients. Unfortunately, this is rare even for craft chocolate – it’s estimated that less than 5% of the world’s chocolate is produced in the same country the cocoa is grown. By making the chocolate in Madagascar in addition to growing the cacao on the island, Menakao generate about 4-5 times the benefit of Fair Trade for the local Madagascan economy.
In honour of the men and women of Madagascar of all ethnicities who are at the heart of Menakao chocolate, Menakao decided that the bars should proudly bear the image “not [of] the face of Madagascar, but [of] Madagascan faces.” The beautiful image on the wrapping of this bar is of an Antanosy woman. The Antanosy (Antanosy meaning “people of the island”), live in the Fort Dauphin region, described by Menakao as “a cool oasis at the crossroads of the mountains, the desert and the Indian Ocean.” This has given rise to the prominence of the Antanosy on both land and sea as esteemed sailors, fisherman and farmers.