In collaboration with Cocoa Encounters, we are excited to present this bespoke Craft Chocolate Book Club gift collection. The Craft Chocolate Book Club is a compelling new format for pairing the world’s best chocolate with the world’s best novels. Therefore, this is the perfect gift set to share at your next book club (or to a viewing of the new Where the Crawdads Sing film!)
The key themes of a story, its setting, the attributes of its characters; all of these present routes for connecting to chocolate. And craft chocolate, with its myriad of flavours and textures, provides a diverse world within which to make those connections. Unwrapping a craft chocolate bar and embarking on the tasting experience is akin to beginning a great book. And each bar will have a rich context behind it, just like a novel. A makers origin story, how the ingredients have been ethically sourced, and the inspiration behind a bar’s mould: all of these stories are held within the bar.
For this gift collection, we have decided to pair Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing with a range of exceptional craft chocolate bars that explore the themes of nature and terroir. You will discover the taste and character of chocolate made with cacao from wild wetlands, nature reserves and havens for biodiversity.
Please download this PDF handout to explore how the book and bars can teach us life lessons from nature.
Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing is an international bestseller, selling over 12 million copies since its release in 2018. Following two interwoven timelines, Where the Crawdads Sing tells Kya’s coming-of-age story as ‘the marsh girl’ in the desolate marshes of North Carolina. Simultaneously, a murder mystery unfolds, with Kya at the epicentre. Abandoned and isolated, Kya carves out a home in the swampland, her only family being the nature that surrounds her; the town’s hostility towards her jeopardises her existence in the only place she has ever known: the marsh.
Luisa Abram – Cassipore, Brazil 81% Dark
This bar has a wonderful creamy melt. It has a flavour profile of citrus, aromatic liquorice and spices, with a tannic backdrop. Also amazing length with no bitterness despite being a 81%.
Latitude – Semuliki, Uganda 70% Dark
Latitude’s 70% bar delights in a light acidity with bold cherry and dried fruit notes before a long, balanced finish.
Original Beans – Esmeraldas Milk
Esmeraldas is made in Switzerland from the finest Ecuadorian Arriba beans and is difficult to put down, with notes of caramel and hazelnut. A touch of sea salt has been added to complement the silky sweetness.
Puchero, El Zorzal, Dominican Republic with croissant, 48% milk
This creamy milk bar is packed with delicious buttery croissant from Acid Bakery Madrid, with beans from the Dominican Republic.