The KahKow La Magdalena 70% Dark Chocolate Bar is referred to as the “crowning achievement” of KahKow's Historic Collection. The fine flavor beans that comprise this bar can trace their lineage back to the highly esteemed and rare Criollos thought to have originated in the northern Andean foothills, the flatlands below Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, and perhaps in the Soconusco region of Mexico as well. Some of these very pale pure white to light pink seeds made their way to the Dominican Republic, and the skilled and dedicated team at Rizek Cacao has managed to rescue and restore the DNA of the few heirloom cacao trees with this noble heritage. The genetics of the cacao have acclimated to their Caribbean home and offer a unique reflection of their terroire. The beans are called “lightbreaking” because they exhibit the famed Criollo low pigmentation when they are cut in half.
In this ultra full-bodied and lip-smacking bar, you’ll encounter vibrant notes of fresh berries, a hint of honey and luscious caramel. Like the Energizer Bunny, the flavor just keeps going and going, but in a much more seductive, Jessica Rabbit-like format.
KahKow is both the brand name of a superior quality line of chocolate made from Dominican Republic Rizek Plantation beans, as well as the name of the flagship store opened in 2019 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by the Rizek Family. This is the little boutique and workshop where talented chocolate maker, Damion Badalamenti, creates truly fabulous bean-to-bar chocolate from fine flavor and heirloom cacao bean varietals. You can even wave to him as he works by his gorgeous and giant melangeur situated right in front of the shop's window.
Nadia Rizek, fifth generation member of the Rizek family, decided to honor the century-long cacao legacy she inherited by spreading the Rizek passion, creativity and high quality beans to the the U.S., right in nearby Brooklyn, and she expects KahKow shops to open in Europe and Asia in the future.
KahKow 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.
I had the exciting opportunity to assist my renowned teacher, co-founder and Americas Director of the International Chocolate Awards, Dr. Maricel Presilla, at a Level One Chocolate Tasting Certificate Class that KahKow graciously hosted in September 2019. It was such a treat to meet and learn from Nadia and Damion in this beautiful jewel box of a shop. They are inspired and inspiring figures in the world of fine chocolate, and I am honored to know them and stock several of their exquisite bars.
- Ingredients: Organic Cacao, Organic Semi-Refined Cane Sugar, House-Made Pressed Organic Cacao Butter
- Net Weight: 50 g. / 1.76 oz.
- Country of Origin: USA