When a country includes a cacao pod on its national flag, you know it was an important part of its economy, culture and history. But over the years, Fiji's cacao industry flagged and was almost non-existent before being reinvigorated by CacaoFiji in 2014. Since then, extensive efforts to improve post-harvest handling and accentuate the strong Trinitario and Amelonado genetics have won many accolades in the world of chocolate.
Ingredients: Cacao Nibs, Organic Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Salt
Named for the mythical ritual drink of the Vedic tradition, Soma was purported to bestow immortality. No wonder David Castellan and Cynthia Leung were intrigued enough in 2003 to pledge their futures to the idea of creating a place to make and enjoy this magical elixir! Starting in a small corner of a former whisky distillery, they began making anything and everything chocolate. They've now graduated to a small chocolate factory and 2 stores in Toronto. As far as that immortality thing--the jury's still out, but don't stop eating these delicious bars just in case!