Diety Chocolate 72% dark chocolate sweetened with honey and decorated with mixed nuts, Dominican Republic
Made in Cody, Wyoming, USA
Organic cacao, beans, honey granules, pistachios, almonds, cashews, salt
* processed in a facility that handles tree, nuts, soy, milk, wheat peanuts, and eggs,
Jake at Diety Chocolate sources the cacao beans for all the chocolate he makes from Cacao Family in the Dominican Republic and the following is the story about the founding of this company that functions like a cooperative for many families in the DR:
”At the early age of 10 years old, Victor Garcia, our founder, son of a poor family of 12 siblings in a remote rural community of the Dominican Republic, struggled to swim against the current to escape poverty. It was under these circumstances, motivated by the love of the family and the desire to see them with a better quality of life, he decided firmly, in an act of premature maturity, to work in a cacao farm for only 10cents a day.
The years went by, in a dance of life impregnated by the aroma of cacao, fruit with which it would develop an almost mystical language, through which, perhaps, ancestors transmitted all the secrets about quality, because that’s what the earth does when you work it with love. And there he became a man and a teacher without excuses, or pretexts, because hard work only managed to edify him, dressing him with a crust as robust as that of cacao itself. He educated others, transmitting integrity, and the population witnessed his dedication, and the trees witnessed his perseverance. His passion for cacao was so great, that years after hard work, that child of 10 cents to which life itself had substituted toys for hard-earned work, managed to acquire a farm that turned him into a man.
Garcia’s dedication and integrity gained the loyalty of a growing number of farmers, and nowadays they collect Cacao Paste from more than 300 producers in the region.
In the process, Garcia began exporting his own products. He married and became the father of 5 children, who later would become the administrative staff of the Cocoa Family company. However, things at that moment began to get complicated. The larger companies began to take him of business, since they wanted to buy Cacao Paste so cheap that they left no profit to produce their fruit.
In 2006, without knowledge, his children took the reins of the company in a difficult and sometimes heartbreaking cacao industry, until in 2007, when with a more structured and competitive company, the family decides to get hooked to modernity by opening a web page that would allow them to connect with the world -- an immediate success!”