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We created Raaka to make chocolate that reflects the human element in every bar. Chocolate, a source of joy for many in the West, is often the product of great injustice throughout the developing world. The chocolate industry has historically exploited the two most crucial and meaningful foundations of its business: the farmers and the land. In the past decade, several major chocolate producers have been linked to child labor and poor wages, while the monoculture model of the cacao farm has been responsible for rampant deforestation.
Maya Mountain Cacao is helping to change the industry.
It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and everyone is looking for ways to stay cool and fresh while enjoying the sunshine. Since cacao has a melting point of around 95 F (36 C), and softens in the mid to upper 80’s, the summer heat presents some challenges to our daily nibbles. Why not compromise with the heat and enjoy the unique bliss of melting chocolate in the form of a S’more?
S’more’s are a uniquely American tradition, synonymous with summer campfires and weekend getaways. The S’more was discovered in 1927, when it first appeared in the publication of Tramping and Trailing with The Girl Scouts. The genius behind this idea, of melting rich chocolate with gooey marshmallows between the honeyed crusts of two graham crackers, remains unknown.
But we do know it sure tastes good with Raaka Chocolate. Read on for a recipe!
Nate received our Good Food Award at the Ferry Building in San Francisco! Nate and Ryan recently traveled west to accept the merit for Raaka’s Bourbon Cask Aged bar. Nate got to share the stage with some of the most acclaimed chocolate makers in the U.S. like Alan McClure (Patric Chocolate) and Sean Askinosie (Askinosie Chocolate) to name a few.
It was a surreal honor for Raaka, and a true testament to the passionately loyal customers and employees that make Raaka’s engine turn. We can’t thank everyone enough for their support.
You can purchase the bourbon bar here, so that you can share award winning chocolate with your family and friends (they’ll think you’re pretty hip).
“The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.” Nate’s Bourbon Cask Aged bar is one of 22 finalists, out of of 1,366 entries in chocolate! See all the finalists on the Good Food Awards site!