The Qantu Silk Road 70% Dark Chocolate Bar is a delicious work of art. It is the well-loved Chuncho bar enhanced with elegant, fragrant spices and flower petals. I tend to be a purist when it comes to chocolate, but upon tasting this exquisitely harmonious bar, I was hooked!
Made from wild Amazonian cacao and a hint of Silk Road spices, chocolate makers Elfi and Maxime promise, "...you won't lament getting lost on a sensational worldwide journey with this bar." It's lovely flavors are caramel, cardamom, and other warm, subtle notes. Maxime calls it a "Christmas bar."
Everything about this bar is gorgeous, from the design on the wrapper, illustrated by Elfi and Maxime's friend, to the bar's signature imprint of a Montreal house on one side, and the gorgeous array of spices and petals on the reverse.
- Academy of Chocolate Bronze Winner 2019
The owners and chocolate makers at Qantu are a husband and wife team. Maxime is a Montrealer and his wife, Elfi, is from Peru, where they met by chance as young travelers. After falling in love, they visited their first cacao plantation in 2014 and fell in love all over again, this time with bean to bar chocolate! Two years later they pursued their dream of crafting chocolate from fine flavor Peruvian beans. They selected the farmers with whom they wanted to partner, bought some chocolate-making equipment, and started racking up gold and silver medals a year later. At Qantu, the makers keep heat to a minimum when roasting and conching their cacao beans so as to preserve delectable, fine flavors, and you will be impressed by how delicate and dynamic all of their bars are!
Why the unusual name “Qantu” you may wonder? Qantu (pronounced ‘Kantu’) comes from the native Peruvian language, Quechua, and it is the national flower of Peru and Bolivia. A symbol of unity and hospitality, this flower embodies the values and sentiment that Maxime and Elfi infuse into their chocolate work.
- Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Spices (Fennel, Ginger, Cassia, Cardamom, White Pepper, Rose, Star Anise, Longpepper, Sichuan Pepper, Saffron, Clove)
- Net Weight: 50 g. / 1.76 oz.
- County of Origin: Canada