Our White Raw Veg bar is the result of the union of Raw Nacional cacao butter of the “Hacienda El Pechichal”, Guayas – Ecuador, which keeps intact the “Complejo Nacional” of Ecuadorian cacao, and of “Mandorla di Toritto”, fruit of the native cultivar “Filippo Cea”, grown, gathered and transformed into an alternative to milk within an uncontaminated and protected environment: the Alta Murgia National Park. Two products which create a White Raw Vegan single origin chocolate with a pleasing initial sensation of alcohol, and floral and nut notes. It combines perfectly with the Sicilian candied orange peel and the best Toritto almonds to re-evoke the typical sweet specialities of Southern Italy.
BRONZE – 2018 International Chocolate Awards – European Bean-to-Bar Competition
Photo Giovanna Gori ©
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In creating this bar we challenged ourselves to make something tasty which everyone would love, and which represents the best confectionery tradition of Southern Italy.
First we chose a precious single origin cacao butter of El Pechichal. This Hacienda is in the Guayas area of Ecuador and it maintains all the complex flavour of the native Ecuadorian Nacional Cacao.
We added Mandolat, an alternative to milk created in an area of Puglia at the La Fattoria della Mandorla . This was set up in 1989 by Dino and Isabella. Their dream was to create a project based on values linked to the area and to the environment, in order to help to construct a better world, promoting the wellbeing of all and doing justice to a typical, traditional product of the area: the Toritto Almond, cultivar “Filippo Cea“. 20.000 native almond trees have been planted and are being cultivated organically and the short channeling system of the Alta Murgia National Park has been created. Between 2000 and 2002 a plant for direct transformation of the almonds was constructed. In 2004 the Toritto Almond became part of the Arca del Gusto (Ark of Taste), receiving Slow Food certification. In the same year the Region of Puglia declared it a “typical and traditional product”.
And of course we used marvellous Sicilian Oranges. The agricultural firm, BioInvio, a veritable organic pioneer, is situated in Ragusa in an area completely immersed in nature and skirted by the River Dirillo which, thanks to its spates and to the release of silt, makes the land extremely fertile and perfect for the cultivation of citrus fruits. The grove is 50 hectares long, more than 100 years old and has witnessed the coming and going of 4 generations of the Di Geronimo family. They have tended it over time and made it into what is now a centre of excellence in the application of organic farming methods. The plants, pollinated only by the wind and bees, repay the care with which they are treated with excellent fruit, ripened in the open air.
The result is a Raw White Vegan Single Origin with a pleasing initial sensation of alcohol and notes of flowers and nuts, which combines perfectly with the candied Sicilian orange peel and the best Toritto almonds.
The photograph shows a typical Italian girl hugging her husband as they dance. The joy on her face represents to the full Italy and its capacity to constantly innovate, whilst safeguarding the ancient agri-food traditions which have made the country famous throughout the world.
We are delighted to have been able to represent so well an ancient sweet tradition of Southern Italy in a tasty product whose ingredients have been carefully selected. It is for those who wish to maintain their health without forgoing the pleasure of savouring something delicious. We offer you a taste of this white delicacy with our Fine RawWhite Veg Cacao Single Farm Ecuador & Mandolat di Toritto 72½.
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Photo Elena Ticozzi Valerio ©