Letterpress Chocolate, no matter which bar you taste, is ridiculously delicious, and truly a favorite collection among my favorites. Any Letterpress bar I’ve tried has rocketed me beyond pleasure, squarely into the bliss zone, and this Ashanti Fleur de Sel bar from Ghana is no exception.
If you love the traditional, classic fudge flavors of rich chocolate, and enjoy a very nuanced salty dimension, then look no further. You’ve just found your perfect bar! With notes of brownie and graham cracker and a very subtle hint of salt, this two-time Academy of Chocolate Awards Bronze Winner will bathe you in deliciousness.
When you purchase this bar, you are not just doing something nice for yourself, but also for the cacao farmers in Ashanti, the cocoa growing region of Ghana. This region has been plagued with slave labor and poor prices for farmers. Thanks to The Ghana Cocoa Board, known as COCOBOD, Letterpress has secured cocoa for which they willingly paid twice the commodity price in order to help farmers earn a fair wage. COCOBOD has been training farmers to help protect the environment and promote sustainable agroforestry systems.
Of course I am drawn to craft chocolate for all of the beautiful flavors, fragrances and appearances it offers, but I am equally committed to the makers I stock at Barometer Chocolate because they care about the earth and all its inhabitants. I applaud Letterpress for doing their part to ensure that farmers can support themselves and their families.
- Academy of Chocolate Awards Bronze Winner 2019
- Academy of Chocolate Awards Bronze Winner 2018
Inspired chocolate makers and owners of Letterpress, David and Corey Menkes were once close friends in high school. They fell in love and got married in 2010. On a trip to St. Lucia shortly after their wedding they tasted the sweet pulp from cacao pods, saw cacao fermenting for the first time, and got bitten by the chocolate-making bug.
By 2013, the couple was running a bean-to-bar chocolate blog called Little Brown Squares where they exclusively reviewed craft bars. In 2014, David took a cacao bootcamp class hosted by Madre Chocolate in Oahu, Hawaii. There, David learned not only how to grow and cultivate cacao trees, but also how to ferment and dry cacao, taking the chocolate-making process all the way through to the finished bar.
Upon returning home to LA, he began purchasing small quantities of cacao beans to start making his own chocolate in the kitchen. After some practice, his chocolate was so delicious that his coworkers at DreamWorks Animation started placing orders. By 2016, David and Corey's tiny apartment was overrun with chocolate making equipment and they needed to find a larger home for it. A shared kitchen conveniently located just down the road fit the bill, and after renting space there, they eventually purchased it in 2017. In 2018 they expanded beyond the kitchen, taking over the entire location and renovating the retail area. They hosted a grand opening in 2018 and started offering factory tours in 2019 to an overwhelming response. Keep your eyes on this amazing company. They are young and brilliant chocolate makers.
Letterpress is among the 13 favorite USA craft chocolate producers recognized in Melissa Clark's February 2020 New York Times article for the extra attention their team devotes to sourcing beans, forging positive relationships with growers and treating the planet with extra loving care.
- Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Fleur de Sel
- Net Weight: 60 g. / 2.1 oz.
- Country of Origin: USA
- Kosher Information: Pareve