Taza Chocolate

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Taza Chocolate
Private
Industry Food and Confectionery Manufacturers
Founded 2005
Founders Alex Whitmore, Kathleen Fulton, and Larry Slotnick[1]
Headquarters Somerville, Massachusetts, US
Products Stone Ground Origin Bars, Amaze Bars, Chocolate Mexicano Discs, Chocolate Covered Treats, Tazitos Minibars, Baking Products
Website www.tazachocolate.com

Taza Chocolate is a Mexican-inspired stoneground, organic chocolate manufacturer based in Somerville, MA, USA. The factory was founded by Alex Whitmore in 2005 and is home to over 40 different products that can be found in 2,800 retail stores across the country.[2]

Samples at Taza Chocolate Factory

History[edit]

Alex Whitmore founded Taza Chocolate in 2005 after a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico where he first encountered stone ground chocolate. He learned from a molinero in Oaxaca authentic Mexican techniques, such as how to grow cacao beans and how to hand-carve granite millstones. The first batch of Taza Chocolate was created in Whitmore’s kitchen, using simple and traditional Mexican processes with stone mills.

After building out a factory space in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2006, Whitmore acquired a mix of traditional and vintage machinery, including stone mills from Oaxaca, an Italian winnower from Dominican Republic, and a Barth Sirocco roaster from Italy.[3] The cacao beans were initially bought from brokers, but Whitmore later traveled through Central and South America and the Caribbean in search of farmers who could work directly with him. Whitmore and his co-founder and wife, Kathleen Fulton, have maintained a Direct Trade relationship with every cacao grower from where they source the cacao beans.

Taza Chocolate is sold across the United States and in certain countries abroad.

Products[edit]

Taza Chocolate Oaxacan Sampler Discs

Taza sells a variety of chocolates in bars and discs, including:[4]

The Amaze Bars: Stone ground chocolate combined with other flavors

  • Wicked Dark
  • Cacao Nib Crunch
  • Coco Besos Coconut
  • Raspberry Nib Crunch
  • Sea Salt Almond
  • Toffee, Almond & Sea Salt

Chocolate Covered Treats: Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and cacao nibs covered in stone ground dark chocolate

Gifts and Collections: Packaged gifts

  • Oaxacan Sampler
  • Chocolate Mexicano Sampler
  • Chocolate Mexicano Classic Collection
  • Spiked Eggnog

Chocolate Mexicano Discs: Rustic, organic dark Mexican style chocolate discs

  • Cacao Puro
  • 85% Super Dark
  • Chipotle Chili
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Guajillo Chili
  • Salted Almond
  • Vanilla
Taza Chocolates

Origin Bars: Minimally processed stone ground bar

  • 60% Dark Dominican Republic
  • 70% Dark Dominican Republic
  • 77% Dark Belize
  • 80% Dark Dominican Republic
  • 87% Dark Bolivia

Tazito Minibars: Crispy brown rice paired with 65% dark chocolate

  • Almond Crunch
  • Coconut Crunch
  • Crispy Crunch
  • Hazelnut Crunch

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ailworth, Erin. "Taza Chocolate focuses on quality amid growth". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Luna, Taryn. "Seven Things You Should Know About Alex Whitmore". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ "The Taza Chocolate Story". tazachocolate.com. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Taza Chocolate – U.S.A". Chocosphere. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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