To’ak Chocolate has launched a $345 bar of dark chocolate aged for 18 months in a variety of aging vessels, including a 50-year-old French oak Cognac cask and a Spanish Elm wood vessel
Ecuadorian company To’ak Chocolate has produced only 200 vintage chocolate bars. The price is $345 for each 50-gram bar. Aiming to change the way the world experiences dark chocolate and put it on the same level with vintage wine and aged whisky, the company has aged the chocolate for 18 months in a 50-year-old cognac cask made of French oak from the Limousine Forest in France. the bar of To’ak Chocolate is made from just two ingredients: organic cane sugar and heirloom cacao, the latter hand-selected from the valley of Piedra de Plata.
Unexplored process of chocolate aging, has connected To’ak Chocolate founders with a wide range of winemakers, master sommeliers, professors of enology, and even molecular scientists. They shared the discovery in a 116-page booklet that accompanies each engraved box of vintage chocolate. Every vintage bar, which weighs 50 grams, is presented in a handmade Spanish Elm wood box which is individually engraved with the bar number.
To’ak Chocolate is the brainchild of Jerry Toth, who cultivated cacao trees and made chocolate in a thatched bamboo house hidden in the middle of the forested mountains of the Jama-Coaque Reserve. After mastering his passion, Jerry eventually linked up with co-founder Carl Schweizer and fourth-generation Ecuadorian cacao grower Servio Pachard.
To’ak Chocolate is available for purchasing online at toakchocolate.com or at select retailers in the U.S and at Harrods in London.