Local chocolatiers, chefs and artisans will showcase their offerings at the Green Market in Santa Cruz during the annual chocolate festival this Saturday, which will highlight T&T’s Trinitario cacao.
Michael Ballmann, business development manager of the T&T Fine Cocoa Company (TTFCC) said chocolatiers and chefs consider Trinitario the “most superior variety of cacao” for its fine flavour notes.
Internationally, he added, it is often used as a blend with other varieties of cacao which are more abundant and more economical to purchase, to intensify the chocolatey notes of a dessert or pastry.
Grenada Chocolate Fest—cocoa beans
Trinitario cacao is renowned across the world for its strong, intense flavour profile.
“We are excited to reintroduce ourselves to the Santa Cruz market and will use the market to test out some of our products we have coming out soon like our vegan-friendly oat milk chocolate, a 58 per cent sugar free dark chocolate and chocolate covered quinoa.
“These are part of a new health range that we will be launching mid-October in time for Christmas. We will also be offering samples and showcasing our existing signature products, including our chocolate pineapple chow and scorpion pepper drinking chocolate,” Ballmann said.
Grenada Chocolate Fest – Grenada Rum
The Green Market Santa Cruz will also welcome for the first time, the Grenada Chocolate Fest and True Blue Bay Resort Grenada.
Magdalena Fielden, founder and organiser of Grenada Chocolate Fest said, “We want to let Trinis know about the Grenada Chocolate and Rum Fest, 2023. It will be our tenth edition and we plan to make it special by also celebrating our rum that goes quite well with chocolate.”
Fielden said there’s also the possibility of having a mini trade show forum inviting regional cocoa producers and chocolatiers as the Caribbean has many countries producing fine cocoa.
She added Grenada’s cocoa is “one of the strongest and richest cocoas in the world partially due to its super rich volcanic soil and the hot sun.”
“The cocoa in Grenada is characteristic of making rich fruity chocolates, with earthy notes of red fruits and citrus with hints of tobacco,” Fielden added.