7 Indian Artisanal Chocolates You Won't Feel Like Sharing

7 Indian Artisanal Chocolates You Won't Feel Like Sharing
India now has a host of homegrown brands of artisanal chocolates, Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

India’s homegrown artisan chocolate brands will sweeten your palate with the most exciting flavours

Uttara Gangopadhyay
June 13 , 2021
10 Min Read

Indian bean to bar chocolate makers have slowly but steadily carved a niche for themselves in the overall chocolate market.  With cacao beans sourced from their own organic farms or from select ones located across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and controlling the entire process of manufacturing and packaging to sales, these Indian brands have made chocolate as luxurious and flavoursome as the best wine. Here is our pick of the seven best brands.

Chitra'm Craft Chocolates

 
 
 
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Handpicked cacao from Kerala, infused with popular Indian flavours are what makes the crafted chocolates of this Coimbatore based brand a hot favourite.  Besides, they are known to use alternate sugars like palm sugar, natural unprocessed cane sugar, coconut sugar and jaggery. Their Mango Lassi Milk Chocolate has won them many international awards.

https://www.chitramcraftchocolates.com

Kocoatrait

 
 
 
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Helmed by co-founder Nitin Chordia, India’s first certified chocolate taster (from the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting), you never know what amazing flavour is going to turn up next. Like their signature 70% dark air roasted chocolate sprinkled with sustainable desert salt of Rajasthan and sweetened with Khandsari sugar. What’s more, the brand insists on a zero waste lifestyle. For example, according to the company, the chocolate wrapper is upcycled using reclaimed cotton from garment factories and reclaimed cocoa shells (a byproduct of the roasting process) making it biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

https://cocoatrait.com  

Mason & Co

 
 
 
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Said to be India’s first bean to bar chocolate brand, this brand began its journey from Auroville. They have built up a skilled all-female workforce after training the local village women. Apart from chocolate bars, they also have a range of baking chocolate, chocolate spreads, drinking chocolate, etc. You can also get some of their special gift sets for family and friends back home.

https://www.masonchocolate.com

Naviluna Artisan Chocolate

 
 
 
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With a ‘terroir-centric’ approach to chocolate making, this Mysore-based company is one of the first Indian brands to adopt the bean to bar procedure. Their diverse flavours and attractive packaging were an instant hit. They won a Silver at the International Chocolate Awards - Asia Pacific in 2018 and other awards.

https://naviluna.in

Pascati

 
 
 
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This artisan brand sources its cacao beans from select plantations in Kerala and oversees the entire process to achieve complex flavours. You have to check out their fruit-based inclusion bars such as Raspberry Hibiscus, Blueberry Walnut, Orange Cinnamon Hazelnut  or centre-filled inclusion bars such as Guava, Chilli and Sea Salt, Paan, Strawberry and Honey, etc. It is also India’s first USDA Organic & Fairtrade chocolate maker.

https://pascati.com

Paul and Mike

 
 
 
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The Indian artisan chocolate brand to win at the International Chocolate Awards this season (2020-21), they believe ‘farming and fermenting cocoa is both art as well as science’. They cultivate and ferment the cocoa at their own farms in Kochi and Coimbatore. Their mind-boggling range will leave you spoilt for choice. With prior appointment, you can also go for a farm-to-bar tour and meet their chocolate makers.

https://www.paulandmike.co

Soklet

 
 
 
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They not only make handcrafted artisan chocolates but also a range of chocolate based creative products. According to the company, the cacao is grown as an intercrop along with coconut, nutmeg, pepper and banana creating a melange of interdependent fauna - the cornerstone of permaculture - adding to the flavour nuances of the cacao beans. The flavours have an amazing variety from Desi Rabdi to Bhut Jolokia Chilli.

https://soklet.in


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Nice to see Indian chocolate brands and their products using Indian cocoa beans Indians are finding the real taste of pure chocolate Earlier we had very few brands, but now we have got some good number of quality chocolate companies Srikanth cocoamantracom/
Cocoa Mantra July 17 , 2021

Wonderful article and quality information Pure organic cocoa products such as Cocoa beans, Cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, highest amount of dark chocolate with cocoa butter is good for health Cocoa products should be in common in everyones morning diet Srikanth cocoamantracom
Cocoa Mantra June 25 , 2021

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