I have to admit that I've never been much of a white chocolate fan...that is until I tasted the Castronovo White Chocolate With Lemon Oil & Lemon Sea Salt. Opening the wrapper of this International Chocolate Award Gold Winner perfumes the air with the fragrant, mouthwatering scent of sweet lemon. The aroma reminds me of the giant lemons that grew in the lush trees of Positano, Italy where my family and I vacationed several years ago...pure bliss. I suggest you savor a square or two as the perfect after dinner treat. It will satisfy your sweet tooth while it refreshes your palate.
This magnificent bar is the perfect, harmonious balance between a very custard-like white chocolate and the bright, tangy flavors of pure lemon oil. The sprinkling of lemon sea salt from Sicily adds a satisfying layer to this masterful treat.
- Gold Winner of the International Chocolate Americas 2017
Denise had always been a foodie and fine chocolate lover thanks to an aunt who lived in Switzerland and kept her supplied with spectacular chocolate bars that were unavailable in the United States. Those bars, far superior to any chocolate she had ever tasted, made an impact that imprinted on her soul. After a long and successful career dedicated to protecting the environment through mapping technology and spatial analysis, Denise and her husband moved from Massachusetts to Florida, where she decided to approach protection of the environment from a far tastier perspective.
In 2008, Denise bought some cacao nibs from Whole Foods with which to experiment, and began doing research on cacao. She was fascinated by all the different flavor notes and profiles based on genetics and origin. Eventually, in 2013, Denise began to work with fine, heirloom, single origin cacao in earnest, and knew she had found her calling.
Extremely talented and perhaps just a little bit lucky, her first batch of chocolate turned out absolutely delicious, and that kept her motivated to make more. Most craft makers talk about the many mistake batches of “bad” chocolate they had to endure before they honed their skills and turned out something truly special. Denise magically skipped that phase.
For Denise, making bean-to-bar craft chocolate is a way to improve lives and livelihoods of indigenous people. She insists on protecting the rainforests by supporting natural utilization of the land. None of Denise Castronovo’s beans come from manicured cacao plantations that had once been lush rainforests, cut down in the name of profit. All of the cacao beans she uses to make her luscious bars and treats either grow naturally in the wild or come from small, family-owned farms where cacao just happens to be one of their crops.
Denise is an inspired artisan as well as a steward of the land and protector of indigenous communities. Her chocolate is exceptional, and I know you will appreciate the fine flavor of her bars as well as her commitment to nurturing the natural world and its inhabitants.
- Ingredients: Cocoa Butter*, Cane Sugar*, Whole Milk*, Organic Lemon Oil, Lemon Sea Salt *Organic Ingredients
- Net Weight: 62 g. / 2.2 oz.
- Country of Origin: USA