To the Spanish Sol means sun, to the French the earth and is phonetically “soul” in English. All of which are the inspiration behind, ChocoSol chocolate. The energy of the sun roasts the raw cacao bean, nurtures the chocolate’s earth and the final solid chocolate product feeds our souls.
ChocoSol is not your average chocolate supplier, but a learning community and social enterprise. The trade is horizontal between farmers and distributors so that chocolate remains a symbolic product, not a commodity. Michael Sacco was first introduced to the traditional processes of making chocolate when working on his master thesis on solar concentrators in Southern Mexico. He became so immersed in the indigenous communities that the women of the village took him under their wings, so to speak.
Michael explains, “While I was down there roasting coffee, baking solar pizzas and doing any number of experiments, some indigenous woman asked me if I would be interested in helping them to solar roast cacao beans for their traditional chocolates. And I did so. For the next eight months without understanding why or how I proceeded to make chocolate.” And Michael hasn’t looked back since. In fact, ChocoSol still continues the traditional practices of making chocolate (including stone grinding their fair trade cocoa beans) and works directly with 20 different indigenous communities in Southern Mexico.
You wont find any candies here, but chocolate foods. “We don’t make a sweet, milky chocolate drink. We make a bitter, refreshing, nourishing Xocolatl,” Michael explains. Michael goes on to refer to pure chocolate as ‘food medicine’ and a ‘spiritual food’.
Their chocolate is energizing and nutritious; so don’t feel as guilty with your large helpings! Their Five Chili Bullet awakens your taste buds and fills the entire mouth with flavour. The sinful raw vanilla comes with pleasure, made with whole vanilla pods, raw cacao nibs and organic cane sugar. An example of their refreshing drinking chocolate is the Aztec Blood. Drinking chocolate was an important part of ancient Mayan and Aztec life and is inspired by the forest garden agriculture. At ChocoSol the Aztec Blood is made with five chilies and raw amaranth flour, whole cacao and raw organic cane sugar. Truly a drink fit for the Gods. There is something unique about the overall satisfaction of their chocolate. Something that you savour, not gobble up in one go. And knowing that all of ChocoSol’s chocolate practices are socially aware just makes it all the more sweet. Or should I say refreshing and nourishing.
ChocoSol prides itself as being one of the lowest food miles and low energy footprint than any other chocolate carrier in Canada. It is for this reason (and many others) that they sell largely in farmers markets and wholesale online. Visit them at the following farmers markets: Evergreen, Dufferin Grove, Wychood, Sorauran, Apple Tree and CBC markets. If you bring a reusable container to the famers market stand they will give you 15% more chocolate for the same price! I did not however ask them if you pop it in your mouth-whether that would be considered a reusable container. Yes, the chocolate is that good!
Love to try new chocolate flavours? Be sure to check out our previous bloghere