The beans for this bar are harvested from old trees in the Manabi Province of Ecuador. Their “Nacional” genes trace back more than 5,000 years. They are fermented and dried by the Fortaleza Del Valle cooperative and exhibit exquisite aroma and a soft, floral flavor.

Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Raw Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter

Gluten-Free; Dairy-Free; Nut-Free; Soy-Free; Vegan

Rom Still, Brasstown’s chocolate maker, made a career in Elementary education for 20 years before being bitten by the bug. Curious about process of making chocolate, 7 years ago he started reading everything he could find, experimenting and seeking counsel before launching his business (with partner, Barbara Price, and about $500). It’s been a quick rise to the top, with seven International Chocolate Awards in 2016 putting Brasstown on the map.

Named for the small town in North Carolina that’s home to the artisan tradition of the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown is located in an old mill and works with small-scale equipment to produce a batch of bars at a time.

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