Early in 2020 we visited a cocoa growth North of Ipoh with MYSI* researchers to develop nouveau fermentation methods that would make chocolates that are healthier and more flavorful. Typically, cocoa fermentation takes between five to seven days, but in results recently published in the Journal of The Science of Food and Agriculture**, we found a way to ferment for as short as three days, while using cocoa harvested earlier; yet producing more phenolic content, antioxidant and epicatechin, each with added health benefits. Notably, the chocolate acquired rich and deep yet clean flavors that impressed our tasting panels.
This bar is the milk chocolate version infused with lemongrass and calamansi.
* Malaysia Social Innovation program under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
**Impacts of cocoa pod maturity at harvest and bean fermentation period on the production of chocolate with potential health benefits
Yei-Kheng Tee, Khairul Bariah, Badrul Hisyam Zainudin, Kian-Chee Samuel Yap, Ning-Geng Ong
First published: 17 August 2021
Perceived sweetness: 3/5
Contains dark chocolate, calamansi, dairy milk powder, cocoa butter, lemongrass extract, and sugar.
18 months shelf life from manufacturing.
Perceived sweetness 2/5.
We operate a strictly vegetarian kitchen and the chocolates in our menu contain no alcohol. Our kitchen facility has presence of nuts and dairy although not used in every recipe.