Jaguar Tree Cacao
Jaguar Tree Cacao
$10.00

Chocolate Naive

Jaguar Tree Cacao

An exquisite treat from the exclusive chocolatier, Domatas Uzpalis, of Chocolate Naive. In this signature recipe, the Jaguar Tree cacao (given its name due to the resemblance of a jaguar's pelt on a dried cacao pod) is combined with smoked paprika, 70% heirloom chocolate and the cacao bean, sometimes referred to as the "brain bean" considering its physical look, as well as incredibly healthy, dietary properties, for a multilayered flavor profile of spice and smoke with a hint of fresh almond and toasted bread. 

From the maker:

Theobroma bicolor (Jaguar Tree cacao) is one of the rarest species of the genus Theobroma aside from the culturally significant Theobroma cacao (regular cacao). Some say only 1000 trees still exist hidenly growing in the wild tropical jungle. Since prehistorical times, Jaguar cacao has been used for food as well as ritual purposes so the challenge of experimenting with it always fascinated Domantas Uzpalis [chocolatier]. He has been able to build a very limited supply chain of these rarities but also gave it a little smoky and spicy twist with this signature recipe. To take things even further, he has immersed the beans into the chocolate, made from white heirloom cacao seeds. Get some until it's gone forever.

  • 70% heirloom chocolate with wild jaguar cacao and smoked paprika.
  • Individually wrapped bar packaged in a cardboard gift box beautifully designed to showcase the bright and harmonious colors of the tropical region.
  • Size: 2.3 oz bar

Wild jaguar cacao, heirloom 70% chocolate (white cacao, cane sugar*, cacao butter*), smoked paprika, sea salt.

*organic

CHOCOLATE NAIVE
Lithuania

In a little town on the Eastern side of Lithuania, Chocolate Naive makes their bean to bar chocolate.

Each and every morning, the chocolate master carefully roasts fresh cacao beans whose delicious aroma gently awakens the residents of the town. Just as they were hundreds of years ago, cacao beans are slowly rolled and conched to release their extraordinary bouquet of fruits, nuts and flowers in a delicately finished chocolate bar. These handcrafted bars are later stored to mature and form a complicated array of tastes and seasonings.

At Chocolate Naive, one of only 200 such producers worldwide, the production cycle starts with a dried cacao bean. Top class cacao beans are diligently selected from exceptional farms. They are then transported via the old seaways to Europe and, finally, to Lithuania, home of Chocolate Naive. Two key principles are of the most importance to them: Firstly, to only work with the best ingredients in the world; and, Secondly, to become world-class craftsmen in working with this type of exquisite production.

Naive makes chocolate in ways that help to reveal the character of a particular cacao bean. The chocolate is finally born after a meticulous analysis of taste, colour, smell and texture. For some time already our products have put Lithuania on the foodie map as a rising star of gourmet chocolate in the world.

“I am often asked why I chose to make chocolate. I always hesitate before replying. Should I tell a vivid story about my wild idea or should I just plainly say that I saw a niche in the market?

The truth is neither of these answers is entirely correct. Chocolate is like my own life – both bitter and sweet. It has been a constant companion that has seen me grow from a carefree youth to a quixotic adult. Chocolate is as luxuriant as my most vivid dream and as humble as my simple reality.

By tasting Chocolate Naive chocolate you give affirmation to my lifetime project and for this I want to thank you personally.”

Domantas Užpalis, Master Chocolatier

THE STORY

From the maker:

Theobroma bicolor (Jaguar Tree cacao) is one of the rarest species of the genus Theobroma aside from the culturally significant Theobroma cacao (regular cacao). Some say only 1000 trees still exist hidenly growing in the wild tropical jungle. Since prehistorical times, Jaguar cacao has been used for food as well as ritual purposes so the challenge of experimenting with it always fascinated Domantas Uzpalis [chocolatier]. He has been able to build a very limited supply chain of these rarities but also gave it a little smoky and spicy twist with this signature recipe. To take things even further, he has immersed the beans into the chocolate, made from white heirloom cacao seeds. Get some until it's gone forever.

DETAILS

  • 70% heirloom chocolate with wild jaguar cacao and smoked paprika.
  • Individually wrapped bar packaged in a cardboard gift box beautifully designed to showcase the bright and harmonious colors of the tropical region.
  • Size: 2.3 oz bar

INGREDIENTS

Wild jaguar cacao, heirloom 70% chocolate (white cacao, cane sugar*, cacao butter*), smoked paprika, sea salt.

*organic

ABOUT THE BRAND

CHOCOLATE NAIVE
Lithuania

In a little town on the Eastern side of Lithuania, Chocolate Naive makes their bean to bar chocolate.

Each and every morning, the chocolate master carefully roasts fresh cacao beans whose delicious aroma gently awakens the residents of the town. Just as they were hundreds of years ago, cacao beans are slowly rolled and conched to release their extraordinary bouquet of fruits, nuts and flowers in a delicately finished chocolate bar. These handcrafted bars are later stored to mature and form a complicated array of tastes and seasonings.

At Chocolate Naive, one of only 200 such producers worldwide, the production cycle starts with a dried cacao bean. Top class cacao beans are diligently selected from exceptional farms. They are then transported via the old seaways to Europe and, finally, to Lithuania, home of Chocolate Naive. Two key principles are of the most importance to them: Firstly, to only work with the best ingredients in the world; and, Secondly, to become world-class craftsmen in working with this type of exquisite production.

Naive makes chocolate in ways that help to reveal the character of a particular cacao bean. The chocolate is finally born after a meticulous analysis of taste, colour, smell and texture. For some time already our products have put Lithuania on the foodie map as a rising star of gourmet chocolate in the world.

“I am often asked why I chose to make chocolate. I always hesitate before replying. Should I tell a vivid story about my wild idea or should I just plainly say that I saw a niche in the market?

The truth is neither of these answers is entirely correct. Chocolate is like my own life – both bitter and sweet. It has been a constant companion that has seen me grow from a carefree youth to a quixotic adult. Chocolate is as luxuriant as my most vivid dream and as humble as my simple reality.

By tasting Chocolate Naive chocolate you give affirmation to my lifetime project and for this I want to thank you personally.”

Domantas Užpalis, Master Chocolatier

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