One of the many benefits of working for Cocoa Runners is that our suppliers sometimes send us interesting samples along with our order shipments. As Cocoa Runners only deal with bars, I usually get to take things like this home for myself.
It’s a tough job.
For those not aware, Fruition Chocolate are an American bean-to-bar chocolate maker, based in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, near Woodstock – home of the famous music festival.
Bryan Graham and his team make some of my all time favourite bars (their 56% Dark Milk with Fleur De Sel is to die for), but they also produce a range of confectionery products with their chocolate.
These wonderful creations are made from corn nuts – roasted corn kernels – that are salted and dusted with jalapeño chilli powder before being coated in chocolate.
They may not look like much, but they are one of the most addictive chocolate snacks I’ve ever tasted. The corn nuts are small and intensely crunchy, with the flavour popcorn. There’s a hint of salt and a gentle heat to them that builds as you munch on them. But they are never too hot and never too salty and work fantastically well with the 66% dark chocolate that they’re rolled in.
The balance of flavour, texture and heat works perfectly and results in a snack that’s almost impossible to put down. It’s a simple snack made with quality ingredients – including some of the best chocolate in the world.
Fruition do sell online, but currently only ship to the US. But if Cocoa Runners ever expand beyond bars, you can bet this will be one of the first products our list. In the mean time, these are worth visiting upstate New York for!