Artisanal Chocolates Around Mumbai I MF Guide

By Yamini Walia June 29, 2018
Artsianal Chocolates By Vivanda. Image Source: vivanda.com

No meal is complete without a dessert and no dessert experience is complete without chocolate. Having a sweet tooth as big as mine, I’m always on the lookout for the best and most delicious chocolates. That’s when I discovered artisanal chocolates! These dark chocolate bars are home-grown and packaged by several Indian brands. Here are our recommendations to help you sail through a mundane day:

Barcode:

Envisioned by Chef Varun Inamdar a.k.a. The Prince of Chocolates, Barcode combines international couvertures from Ecuador, Sao Tome, Java, Ghana, and Belgium paired with flavours from India. The hand-woven box contains 29 colourful chocolates that represent ingredients from 29 states of India.

Flavours you should try:

Shahi Lychee paired with 38% Arriba Milk representing Bihar and Purple Jamun flavoured 76% Tanzanie Dark representing Uttar Pradesh

To buy, email at mail@varuninamdar.com.

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Barcode. Image Source

Harsh Chocolates:

Mumbai-based Ankita and Anuja Jain started Harsh Chocolates to showcase their love of this sweet treat. These chocolates are here to change the way you enjoy your hot chocolate. They import raw ingredients for their hot chocolate stir-ins and chocolate rocks from local importers.

Flavours you should try:

Cinnamon chocolate stir-In and masala milk stir-In

To buy, call on 9867080093

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Harsh Chocolates. Image Source

Bean Therapy:

Ain’t no better therapy than chocolate and Sonjoy Solomon, aimed to prove just that with Bean Therapy. This artisanal chocolate brand blends in locally sourced ingredients with high quality European chocolate. To top it off, the brand also uses medium roast coffee beans from Karnataka like dried ginger and charoli.

Flavours you should try:

Zereshk Berry, inspired by Britannia Café’s Berry Pulao

To buy, visit www.beantherapy.in

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Bean Therapy. Image Source

Pascati:

Have you ever eaten a chocolate and wondered how it was made? The same thought came to Devansh Ashar’s mind and this led to the birth of Pascati. To create these artisanal bars, ingredients are sourced from a single plantation in Kerala and combined with nuts and flavours which are sourced from the USA.

Flavours you should try:

Blueberry Walnut Bar

To buy, visit www.amazon.in

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Pascati. Image Source

Entisi:

Nikki Thakker wanted to bring premium chocolates to India and so she did… with Entisi! From bon bons and chocolate bars to dragees and everything in betwee, you have a variety of options to pick from. And, guess what? They even have a chocolate factory in Thane.

Flavours you should try:

Their entire range of bon bons that combine French and Belgian techniques

To buy, order from Swiggy or visit their store in Santacruz.

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Entisi. Image Source

Toshin:

Named after its founder, Toshin Chocolate Patisserie is known for its pralines, macaroons and cookies. Patissier Toshin has managed to create a well-balanced range with ingredients sourced from Europe and local produce from their farms in Mangalore.

Flavour you should try:

Their range of pralines

To buy, visit their store in Chembur

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Toshin. Image Source

Vivanda Chocolate

Bitter is better! That’s Vivanda Chocolate Co.’s philosophy and we couldn’t agree more. They use single origin chocolate from Uganda and Vanuatu to craft their bitter bars. And, you can’t just eat their chocolates, you need to savour them!

Flavour to try:

Sea Salt Bar and 80% Uganda

To buy, visit vivandachocolate.com

Ambriona

History lovers, you’ll be intrigued by Ambriona because it exemplifies the contribution of the Mayan civilization to the creation of chocolate. Even their logo is a tribute to the Mayan goddess of chocolate, Ixcacao. The brand sources its raw materials from Belgium and packages it in India.

Flavour you should try:

Signature Blend Belgian Dark Chocolate

To buy, visit www.amazon.in

 

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Ambriona. Image Source

House Of Mandara

If you’re as obsessed with global chocolate brands as much I am, then you must have heard of Pacari and Menakao. The great news is that House Of Mandara is their exclusive partner in India. Pacari is famous for its exceptional range of organic dark chocolates that are made from the unique Arriba Nacional cacao. Menakao is a bean-to-bar chocolate, which sources all its ingredients from the island of Madagascar. These can’t be missed!

Flavour you should try:

Menakao Dark Bar

Pacari Pink Salt & NIbs

To buy, visit https://www.houseofmandara.com/

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House Of Mandara. Image Source

Sorry! We should’ve warned you that you’ll be salivating after reading this list. So, drop everything you’re doing and get your hands on these chocolates right NOW!