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Chocolate Bar Set for "Origin Stories - Vale Potumuju, Brazil"

Dandelion Chocolate

Taste six distinctive bars made from the same Vale Potumuju cocoa beans, during a lively and informative virtual talk. We'll chat with Tuta and Juliana Aquino, the chocolate-making cocoa producers from Vale Potumuju, Brazil, along with four other Brazilian craft bar makers.

In most places where cacao is grown, conditions cannot support an entire industry of craft chocolate makers who use locally grown cacao and sugar. We look forward to hosting you for this very special Origin Story, not only to explore the cocoa beans we source from Brazil, but also to meet five craft makers who represent Brazil's emerging bean-to-bar chocolate scene.

One maker happens to be an alumna of our Valencia Street Factory, and we'll be intrigued to hear her informed views on the U.S. and Brazilian chocolate markets. If that’s not enough to entice you to join us, Tuta and Juliana, who grow Vale Potumuju's beans and make the Baianí bar chocolate we’ll taste, started their careers in the music industry — you can check out Juliana’s Bossa Nova take on some familiar classics before the talk!

Be part of the conversation with Greg D’Alesandre, our Bean Sourcerer and your host on the topic of single-origin chocolate, alongside those who know the beans and chocolate best: the cocoa producers, and chocolate makers from throughout the industry. As our guest translator, we'll welcome back Kika D’Arantes (creator of Kika’s Treats and a former Dandelion product manager), who introduced us to the mouthwatering world of Brazilian chocolate when she shared her handmade brigadeiros at one of our early holiday parties.

This set includes single-origin bars from four chocolate makers, with instructions to join this month's discussion — one of a monthly series pairing conversation and chocolate tasting.

Origin: Vale Potumuju, Brazil

Date: Saturday August 21st, 2021 2–4 pm PDT

This tasting set includes

Printed information on Vale Potumuju, Brazil, and instructions on how to join our webinar on Saturday, August 21st, 2–4 pm PDT.

Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco, California):
Vale Potumuju, Brazil 70%
Weight: 2 ounces
Ingredients: cocoa beans, organic cane sugar

Bianí Chocolates (Bahia, Brazil):
Vale Potumuju 70%
Weight: 2.04 ounces
Ingredients: cocoa nibs, sugar, cocoa butter

Mission Chocolate (São Paulo, Brazil):
Vale Potumuju 70%
Weight: 2.12 ounces
Ingredients: cacao, organic sugar, cocoa butter

Chocolate Darê (Florianópolis, Brazil):
Vale Potumuju 80%
Weight: 2.82 ounces
Ingredients: cacao, sugar

Ambar Chocolates (Nova Lima, Brazil):
Vale Potumuju 70%
Weight: 2.82 ounces
Ingredients: cocoa, organic sugar

Majucau Chocolates (São Paulo, Brazil):
Vale Potumuju 70%
Weight: 2.82 ounces
Ingredients: cocoa, organic sugar

Ingredients & allergens

This selection of chocolate from other chocolate makers is all dark chocolate; however, some makers might have processed their bars on machinery that also processes milk chocolate, or chocolate with additional ingredients. If you have an allergy, we have linked each company, so feel free to research your specific restriction. We strongly suggest looking at the labels, and while there are no substitutions, we recommend passing any bars you are unable to eat along to a friend.

All of our single-origin bars are made with just cocoa beans and sugar; no added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla. Our chocolate is free of soy, dairy, eggs, and gluten, and it is made in a factory that does not process nuts.

*All other chocolate bars may be made in a facility that processes dairy, tree nuts (almonds and hazelnuts), and wheat.

Weight

14.6 oz (414 g)

Learn more

Learn more about our cocoa beans and sugar — the region, the farms, and the producers.

Learn more about Prime Cacao Sourcing in Brazil, or wait until you hear about it directly from Tuta and Juliana. You may also view our sourcing report to read more about Dandelion Chocolate's relationship with Prime Cacao in Vale Potumuju, including transparent sourcing.

About Vale Potumuju, Brazil

We spent years searching for the right cocoa partners in Brazil, and finally met Tuta and Juliana from the state of Bahia in 2016. Prior to crop devastation by a cacao disease called witches’ broom in the late ‘80’s, Brazil produced a large portion of the world’s cocoa. Over the last two decades, the industry recovered and a new specialty-cocoa market emerged as Brazilians began to enjoy craft chocolate. Now, Tuta and Juliana are among a number of local “tree-to-bar” producers who grow cacao, harvest and ferment beans, then make their own chocolate. The tight tree-to-bar production feedback cycle rapidly improves cocoa quality.

Tuta and Juliana have a deep love for cocoa. They grew up on cacao farms in Bahia, then left to pursue successful careers in the music industry before returning several years ago to cultivate and process cacao on Juliana’s family farm. They renamed the farm Vale Potumuju and refurbished operations to achieve excellent bean fermentation, with an eye toward sustainability. Juliana began making chocolate from the farm’s beans, which led to the creation of Baianí, Vale Potumuju's tree-to-bar chocolate brand. By 2019, Tuta and Juliana were able to produce enough cocoa not only to supply Baianí, but to sell a small batch of flavorful beans to us.