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Kakawa Chocolate House: Bringing Chocolate Back to its Roots

By Elisha Neubauer

When you visit the Kakawa Chocolate House, it's like visiting a little piece of history. The concept of this unique shop is based on the idea of creating historically accurate recipes of drinking elixirs (or sipping chocolates) from chocolate's origin, dating back almost 3,000 years. With over ten years of historical research and a multitude of recipes, Kakawa is getting chocolate right.

"The Mayan and Aztec cultures were some of the first to grind cacao, blending it with water and plants to create a bitter and heavily spiced drink," details Bonnie and Tony Bennett, owners of Kakawa Chocolate House. "Over the course of these thousands of years, other cultures from Mexico, Central America, and 17th century Europe enjoyed their own versions of these concoctions; long before it came to the US and became the sweet milky drink we think of today when we say 'Hot Chocolate.'"

While the shop was started with just a handful of recipes, it has now grown, now including a long and varied list of drinking elixirs (Mesoamerican, European & Contemporary), handmade truffles, caramels, baked goods and most recently heavenly organic ice creams.

But aside from their unique spin on historic recipes, there are several other aspects to why Kakawa Chocolate House has been steadily growing over the years. "We start with only the finest ingredients, including many local and organic, making one batch at a time, all in house right on the premises, states the Bennetts. "This ensures each piece can also be finished as beautifully as it tastes! Our chocolatiers are committed to creating unique and new flavor profiles to surprise and delight your palette."

Unique is right, as some of their distinctive flavors combinations include items such as their signature truffle, made with Goat Cheese & Sage. "It is perfectly paired and oh so creamy delicious," they say. "We create a proprietary blend of dark chocolate, using only the highest quality ethically sourced cacao from different regions allowing us to create the perfect combinations with other ingredients."

With flavors ranging from bold to delicate, there is bound to be something to satisfy everyone's wants and needs. Another differing aspect of their products is that they never use preservatives or corn syrups, giving every item a pure, fresh, layered and deep taste, unlike the mass-produced chocolates you'll find on the grocery store shelves.

"Many guests have little or no knowledge about the age and history of Cacao," explain the Bennetts. "Part of what we do is to create for guests a chocolate experience, part education, part sampling and lots of savoring and smiles." One of their main goals during the experience is to reintroduce the public to chocolate as it was meant to be experienced. "And yes," say the Bennetts, "like the movie Chocolat there is also a lot of love in it."

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