Great-Tasting Dark Chocolate is the Specialty of Madecasse
Rather than importing cocoa and making chocolate from it, Madecasse makes its chocolates right in Madagascar itself, then imports it with Fair Trade. Their delicious chocolate bars therefore give most of their economic benefit to the Malagasy people. For those who enjoy the rich, sharp flavor of dark chocolate, they make dark chocolate bars with up to 92% cocoa. Other bars feature 70% or 80% cocoa, or other concentrations. These intense, antioxidant rich bars also come seasoned with almonds, mint, honey, or sea salt to provide some scrumptious variety, too.
Madecasse Explores the Tasty Possibilities of Heirloom Cocoa
To offer more flavor and a richer array of antioxidant health benefits, Madecasse makes its chocolate bars from heirloom cocoa. The flavor profile of this cocoa variety is very intense, complex, and long-lasting, something that many chocolate aficionados appreciate. Since it’s becoming rarer as blander-tasting but easier to grow varieties take over, Madecasse is helping to preserve this valuable cocoa heritage, too. Additionally, they make all-natural vanilla bean extract that’s strong, robust, floral, aromatic, and GMO-free.
Madecasse was Founded to Bring Economic Benefits to Madagascar
Peace Corps volunteers Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, teaching English in Madagascar, decided they wanted to have a local impact for economic and environmental change. With 65% of the planet’s cocoa exported from the island continent but almost no chocolate made there, they saw their opportunity. They partnered with a factory on the island, and local farming cooperatives, to make chocolate right on Madagascar and export it through Direct Trade. By 2012, their one millionth bar had been made in the country.