Marou 48% milk chocolate VIETNAM
Made by Marou Chocolate in Vietnam
Cacao beans, cane sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter
From Marou: “When our hand-selected Vietnamese cacao meets creamy grass-fed milk from the green pastures of Waikato, New Zealand - an unbelievably smooth symphony erupts. The pairing creates an indulgence of honey and caramel notes that will leave you reaching for more.”
From this sustainability report, https://marouchocolate.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Marou-Cacao-Report-2017_081217_reduced.pdf
“We have been making chocolate in Vietnam since 2011, working with small farmers to source quality cacao. From the start, we have been committed to strong relationships and quality standards. Now that our network of farmers has grown, we have time to look back at how far we’ve come, and share some details of our sourcing process.
Cacao is not a major crop in Vietnam, and it has taken us a
lot of phone calls and motorbike rides to find farmers who
are dedicated to the tree. As one of the only specialty
bean-to-bar makers in the country, we offer our farmers a consistent high price, with monthly visits to buy beans. Our local sourcing means that we can buy 100 kg of beans at a time, and give continuous feedback about fermentation and drying methods. If a farmer needs more trees, or another drying rack, we offer technical and financial support.
Vietnamese cacao is a small fraction of the country’s agricultural output, and a small speck of global cacao production, but we
are happy to be working in this system. Our farmers have chosen cacao because they are truly interested in how this plant grows. Many of them are older couples who spend all day tending to the cacao trees planted behind their house, and the beans drying
in front. When we visit, they offer us bananas and jackfruit from the shade trees. Our wonderful network of farmers is the reason we have been able to bring you the many delicious flavors of Vietnamese chocolate.”