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From the remote and untouched environment of the Pacific Islands we bring you Solomons Gold cacao.
Tracing it’s history back to the Amazon, the Amelonado cacao flourishes in the perfect conditions of the exotic Solomon Islands. With it‘s nutrient rich soil and tropical climate, our cacao plantations also grow the versatile Trinitario variety, producing cacao with the lively flavour and distinctive aroma unlike anything else.
As true chocolate lovers we are passionate about preserving the distinctive origin of our prized cacao in bringing you a pure and natural chocolate. That is why we proudly oversee the entire chain of production; from hand picking and grading our cacao beans in the Solomon Islands, to hand crafting our treasured artisian chocolate bars in our NZ chocolate factory.
From bean to bar we guarantee our chocolate bars are not only single origin and exceptional in quality, but are also 100% diary free, 100% nut free, 100% gluten free. With no artificial ingredients and no GMOs, Solomons Gold is real chocolate and real good for you.
Our cacao plantations thrive in one of the most pure environments in the world. We believe that a happy plant in its most perfect environment will produce happy, perfect fruit. The fact that the Solomon Island people do not use fertiliser, due to natural mulching and ideal growing conditions, speaks for itself’.
Cacao (cocoa) nibs are the key ingredient of chocolate, the roasted, crushed and winnowed beans are milled into cocoa liquor (also known as cocoa mass). The cocoa liquor is conched and refined with coconut sap sugar or certified organic sugar to produce the untempered chocolate.
The ‘untempered’ chocolate is then tempered to get the cocoa butter in the chocolate to harden into a specific crystalline patern – this gives the chocolate its ‘sheen and snap’.
The delicious, distinctive flavour of Solomons Gold takes us back to its origin in the Lower Amazon forest. The original Amelonado, and newly introduced Trinitario varieties, are organically grown in the perfect climate the Solomons’ offers.
In July 2014, our cacao nibs were tested by a local university in New Zealand for antioxidant levels. The results were ‘outstanding’ – our cacao nibs were found to contain 220 umol FeSO4 equivalents gram of ground material.
In layman’s terms – spinach has ‘27’ on the antioxidant activity scale, our cacao nibs have ‘222’ – our chocolate is made from 70% and 75% of these cacao nibs.