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Bolitos & Candín chocolates are made with organic Hispaniola cocoa. With the selection of the best cocoa of our land, the Hacienda Chocolatier.

It is very important to give special care to the cocoa in the post-harvest handling, to achieve the typical organoleptic characteristics of our renowned and appreciated organic Hispaniola; We achieve this by harvesting only the ears at their optimum state of maturity, opening the ears without causing injuries to the beans (at the moment they are broken with the machete that bean can damage the others and increase the humidity problems, transporting the chopped cocoa in special sacks so that not a drop of this wonderful juice can be lost, fermenting in wooden boxes staggered between 5 to 7 days, giving it the necessary removals, and then drying the beans in non-mechanical dryers until 6.5% humidity is achieved.

Quality and honesty,
a commitment that defines us.

Our Organic Cocoa is produced in lands completely under agroforestry systems, based on the organic production norms of the European Union (CEE 2092/91), of the United States USDA/NOP, our farm is certified by the prestigious German certification company CERES.

Our naturally grown cocoa has not been treated with fertilizers or pesticides. Its flavor, aroma and texture are the main characteristics that can be appreciated in this bean. The exquisite characteristics in terms of aroma and flavor, made possible that our cocoa, was qualified in a good proportion as “Fine Aroma” cocoa, by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).

FAQ

Is it really organic?

Yes! The cocoa we grow on our farm and use in our chocolates is totally organic and of the highest quality. To prove it, we are accredited by the USDA/NOP and by CERES.

What allergens are contained in Bolitos y Candín products?

The labels and technical data sheets of our products always show the allergens they may contain. All our products are free of:

  • Gluten
  • Egg and egg products
  • Fish and derivatives
  • Mustard and derivatives
  • Crustaceans and derivatives
  • Molluscs and derivatives
  • Sulfites
  • Peanuts and derivatives
  • Sesame seeds and derivatives
  • Celery and derivatives

What does cacao “Fino de Aroma” mean?

The world cocoa market distinguishes between two broad categories of cocoa beans: "fine aroma" cocoa beans and "bulk" or "ordinary" cocoa beans. Fine flavors include fruits (fresh and golden, ripe fruit), floral, herbal and woodsy notes, nutty and caramel notes, as well as rich and balanced chocolate bases. Generally, the ICO (International Cocoa Organization) uses a combination of criteria to evaluate the quality of fine aroma cocoa. These include the genetic origin of the planting material, the morphological characteristics of the plant, the taste characteristics of the cocoa beans produced, the chemical characteristics of the cocoa beans, the color of the beans and the cocoa seeds, the degree of fermentation, drying, acidity, off-flavors, percentage of internal mold, insect infestation and percentage of impurities.

What does our CERES certification mean?

This certification is a great endorsement of our farms' commitment to clean and organic cocoa production. CERES (CERtification of Environmental Standards) is a German certification for organic agriculture and food processing, organic textiles, Good Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices in the food industry, and also a certification according to several agricultural sustainability standards.

What does the concept “tree to bar” mean?

In the past, the chocolate-making process used to begin in a tree in the tropics and end in a factory in the global north. But over the past few decades, some visionary cocoa producers have decided to keep a good portion of the final value of the fruit in our country of origin. That's why the chocolates we make at Bolitos & Candin say "Tree to Bar", because we are in charge of the whole process, from planting the tree in perfect conditions to making the bars with care, maintaining total control over the cocoa from cultivation to manufacturing.

What does the USDA/NOP organic seal represent?

Established by the U.S. Congress in 2001, this federal regulatory program develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically produced agricultural products sold in the United States. Operating as a public-private partnership, NOP (National Organic Program) accredits private companies and helps train their inspectors to certify that farms and businesses comply with national organic standards. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and accredited certifiers also work together to enforce the standards, ensuring a level playing field for producers and protecting consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal.

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