Hi all you wonderful backers! Hope the holidays and the remains of 2012 are treating you well!
After making it through the holiday chocolate production rush we have finally been able to produce the last batch of specialty traditional Mayan-flavored bars for the last 2 tiers of backer rewards, plus an extra special Hawaiian Triple Cacao we're throwing in as thanks for being so patient waiting for us to finish and send you the Xoconusco chocolate bars! We were perfecting our recipe for the Bu'pu inspired, plumeria-infused bars with flowers picked only at night at the height of their fragrance and figuring out just the right amount to add to the complex Xoconusco cacao to highlight and balance both the flavors of the plumeria and chocolate.
The extra Hawaiian Triple Cacao bar we're throwing in is a version of our award-winning bar with smooth rich dark chocolate, crunchy nutty nibs, and tangy chewy cacao pulp give you three tastes and textures all from the cacao plant, that's now garnered five awards: the Northwest Chocolate Festival Inclusions Silver medal, a Good Food Awards finalist, and the US Gold medal, World Silver Medal, and Americas Silver medal in the International Chocolate Awards inclusion category. This bar is a limited edition bar made with Hawaiian cacao instead of our more standard Dominican cacao, as hurricane Sandy, along with the other devastation it's wrought on the East Coast, has wiped out all the warehouses in New Jersey that were holding the entire US supply of Dominican cacao. To make lemonade out of lemons, or chocolate out of hurricanes, we decided to convert our bar to a Hawaiian cacao and use some of the proceeds from the sale of the bar to support victims of hurricane Sandy.
The last of these bars were mailed out yesterday so should all reach you before Christmas and you can share them with all your friends and family.
We thank you again for all of your incredible support for our kickstarter project and your patience with all of the lengthy processes of cacao harvesting, fermenting, drying, shipping from Mexico, roasting, winnowing, grinding, tempering, packaging and shipping to you. Enjoy your bars on their own, or paired with a nice glass of wine, coffee, whiskey, or tequila, some of our favorite chocolate pairings! We will continue to work on delicious and creative ways to bring you great chocolate with a mission that supports cacao growing communities around the world while reconnecting us all to the roots of chocolate. Have a great holiday and a happy new year!