***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
In my house, our resident chocoholic would have to be my husband. He would eat chocolate all day long if he could. In fact, one year while we were dating, I bought him a MASSIVE 5lb chocolate bar for Valentine's Day. It didn't stand a chance. Dan has it completely devoured in a matter of a few hours. It was pretty gross to witness, actually.....But that's another post entirely.
If you're a die-hard chocolate lover, you're probably painfully aware that all chocolate is NOT created equal. Not by a longshot, actually. There's the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. I've tried chocolates that don't deserve to be labeled as such. I've also had chocolate that was so rich, decadent, and flavorful that it should have been named "Heaven In A Wrapper".
One of the best? Definitely Chuao Chocolatier. This brand creates so many inventive chocolate treats, it's hard to choose which of their gourmet flavors to take a bite of first.
Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) is the first Venezuelan Chocolatier based in the United States and Southern California’s premier artisan chocolatier.
Founded in 2002 by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother Richard Antonorsi - the company's Chairman of the Board; Chuao Chocolatier is pioneering “fusion chocolate” through a commitment to creating unusual, unexpected and delicious flavors using their secret blend of premium chocolate and fresh natural ingredients.
The Venezuelan born brothers, now San Diego residents, named the company Chuao Chocolatier after the legendary cacao-producing region of Chuao (pronounced chew-WOW) located in central Venezuela. The Antonorsi’s decision was a reflection of their commitment to both high quality and their Venezuelan family heritage. Chocolate is part of their roots, as their ancestors once ran a small family farm that was an important part of the criollo cacao plantation industry.
Initially, the company started with a single boutique in Encinitas, CA featuring a one-of-a-kind confectionary menu of chocolate bars,bonbons, truffles and hot chocolate. Their signature flavor was Spicy Maya, a modern twist on the Mayan’s ancient hot chocolate recipe made with pasilla chile and cayenne pepper. The Spicy Maya flavor has since extended into a chocolate bar, ChocoPod, and a bonbon, as well as decadent hot chocolate, brownies, and gelato.
Unusual flavor combinations are at the heart of Chuao Chocolatier’s unique experienceincluding: Firecracker, a chipotle caramel fudge truffle with popping candy,a hint of salt, and dark chocolate and Pan Con Chocolate, a dark chocolate bonbon filled with roasted Panko bread crumbs and olive oil ganache with a touch of sea salt.
Of course the ChocoPods were amazing as well. I loved the creative additions to these bars, especially pairing chocolate with things like Cayenne pepper, Chipotle, and even breadcrumbs. I can't wait to see what the folks at Chuao Chocolatier come up with next!
How to connect :
Tou can discover Chuao Chocolatier chocolate confections around the United States at fine specialty retailers including Whole Foods Market, World Market, Dean and Deluca, and Crate & Barrel, as well as fine restaurants & hotels including Omni Hotels nationwide, La Costa Resort & Spa, Coupa Cafe, and Hard Rock Hotel.
You can also connect with them on Facebook, on Pinterest and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!