I was recently contacted by the folks over at Kallari Chocolate and offered a few sample bars of chocolate. I had never tried Kallari chocolate before but after reading more about the company I was interested.
As explained by them some of their main points include:
“Fresh and Ethical Sourcing – We are cacao growers that make gourmet chocolate. Other chocolatiers pay a living wage – we own our chocolate and pay ourselves an income higher than the minimum wage in Ecuador for our work in biodiverse cacao groves.
Rich Flavor with no Bitterness – The fresh taste of the cacao beans remains in the chocolate, unlike chocolate processed thousands of miles from the source.Kallari uses organic heirloom cacao, gourmet recipes (no emulsifiers, artificial flavors and half the sugar), and minimal processing to provide a chocolate experience unique from other chocolate chips for baking.
Rainforest Conservation and Cultural Preservation – We retain most of our farms in primary and secondary rainforest, with an average of 1.5 acres of cacao planted per family, less than 2% of our total territory. This allows us to earn a living and provide for our families without sacrificing natural resources or forgetting our cultural traditions. ”
These are exactly the kind of brands and companies I feel need our support. There are too many companies going into other countries and taking advantage of the people and land there. The money from the natural resources is not going back into the local economy or to the people who have been living on the land and instead simply being taken by the international companies.
There need to be more companies like Kallari, companies comprised by the local population and which are doing more to empower future generations and to protect the land and local resources.
I felt so strongly about Kallari that I also donated to their Kickstarter campaign which thankfully has been fully funded and so we can expect so see some Kallari chocolate chip products on the shelves in the near future.
Though this chocolate is rich enough to eat as is I wanted to create a simple dessert recipe using it. Since it’s summer and turning on the oven is simply a nightmare I went with a simple chocolate clusters recipe. A few minutes of prep and light cooking on the stovetop and then off these go into the freezer.
I revamped an old chocolate clusters recipe and used roasted hazelnuts instead of peanuts and gluten free chex instead of shredded wheat cereal.
These clusters are even more flavorful than the others and safe for gluten free eaters.
The finished product was delicious and the rich Kallari chocolate blends perfectly with the roasted hazelnuts and crunchy cereal. Though Kallari chocolate is more expensive than the store brand bars you are not just buying a bar of chocolate, you are supporting the local Ecuador cacao farmers and everything they stand for.
And now that the Kickstarter campaign has been funded you will be able to buy the chocolate chips for this recipe instead of the bars, saving you even more time!
Delicious hazelnut and chocolate clusters that take less than 30 minutes to make! No baking required so perfect for hot summer days or last minute gatherings.
5 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
10 minTotal Time
- 7 ounce bar dark chocolate (I used Kallari chocolate ), broken up into small pieces
- 11/2 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup pounded hazelnuts
- 1 cup gluten free chex cereal
- Over low heat melt chocolate and marshmallows in olive oil, stirring frequently.
- Once melted stir in nuts and cereal.
- Form small clusters or balls.
- Put in freezer for 15-30 minutes.