This slightly smokey dark milk chocolate from India is perfect for those who want to experience the full spectrum of flavours in cocoa but prefer milky sweetness to cocoa’s natural bitterness. Added ghee – a type of India clarified butter – makes for a delightfully creamy melt and adds a hint of caramel to the finish.
ABOUT THE MAKER
In 2015, brothers-in-law Karthikeyan Palaniswamy and Harish Manoj Kumar decided over a few drinks that they would become India’s first ever tree-to-bar chocolate maker. Harish’s family has been growing cocoa on Regal Plantation since 2005, primarily as an “intercrop” to boost the farm’s healthy diversity, and then later as a valuable product in its own right. But they felt it wasn’t getting the recognition its beautiful flavour profile deserved. So they set out to change that – by producing bars full of flavour and brimming with quality.
Every bean in Soklet’s bars started life on their plantations in the foothills of the Anamalai, close to the Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary in southern India. Grown without pesticides among the plantation’s other crops – coconut, pepper, nutmeg, and banana – this special Indian cocoa benefits from the diversity of wildlife and assumes a wonderfully nuanced flavour profile, holding onto the subtle aromas from its neighbouring plants.
This bar was featured in our February 2021 subscription box. You can see what Spencer and Mika had to say about it in the video below: