At Fruition we begin by selecting ethically sourced and flavorful cocoa beans. Using traditional and modern techniques, we handcraft our award-winning line of chocolates and confections with an eye to detail.
From Edible Hudson Valley
Fruition Chocolate makes several milk chocolates, light and dark. "It’s a great gateway for people to get into more flavorful, unique dark chocolates," Bryan said. In fact, he only made a Marañón milk bar because his Marañón single-origin dark chocolate wasn’t selling that well. ‘I had extra beans and wanted to do something else with them,’ he told me. "I didn’t know of anyone making a milk chocolate bar using those beans."
Those delicious beans. Craft chocolate makers always use special beans, but in this case they’re extra special: They’re a type called Nacional, a prized variety known for its fruity flavors that until recently were thought to be specific to Ecuador. But when a man named Dan Pearson was tromping through the jungle in Peru looking for bananas to import to the United States, he discovered a place called Marañón Canyon bursting with untouched cacao and a crazy-high percentage of white beans.
Now those rare beans are in high demand, with chocolate makers scrambling to get their hands on them. Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City, calls it "the best chocolate in the world," and in 2012, with Anthony Bourdain, he made his own bar with it. (Before you go searching, it’s not available anymore.)
"It was the most expensive cocoa that we’d ever purchased,’ Bryan told me. ‘But I thought I could do something fun with it." The result? A fun yet serious dark milk chocolate that blows away both casual and serious chocolate eaters.