Since they joined the market in 2007 many chocolate makers have copied Amano Chocolate in bringing out unique flavors of cacao beans from around the world. However Amano has exclusive rights to this rare batch of cacao beans found in Dos Rios. They naturally taste like chocolate mixed with oranges, cinnamon, and clove.
Dos Rios chocolate has nothing added to it!
All the flavors you taste come from these very speciall cocoa beans grown from the Dominican Republic. They are the true flavor of the beans. Amano Chocolate's Art Pollard says "Our job as chocolate makers is to be as true to the beans as we can. The flavor of cocoa beans changes depending on where they are from. That's why no two single origin bars taste exactly the same. The bean genetics, the skill of the farmer, and the care and methods of producing the chocolate all go into the final flavor of the chocolate. Here, they all come together magically to create one of the world's most unusual and flavorful chocolates."
Silver at the 2016 International Chocolate Awards - Americas Round
Bronze at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards
Amano's reputation has grown as one of the world's finest chocolate makers, and they are often sought out when unique beans are found. Such is the case with the beans for Dos Rios. A friend in the chocolate industry was traveling in the Dominican Republic and while there discovered cocoa beans that tasted of bergamot, cinnamon and clove. After his return, he called Amano and told them about these wonderful beans. He said that of all the chocolate companies in the world, he felt that Amano would best bring out the flavors of these amazing beans. Soon Art Pollard was on a plane to the Dominican Republic to visit the source of these cocoa beans. Not long after that, they landed an exclusive agreement and the cocoa beans were on their way to Utah.
"These are some of the most difficult beans with which we have worked. While making this chocolate, the flavors shifted wildly. We had to bring our entire repertoire of skills to highlight the beans incredible flavor. Even so, we had to develop new techniques to make this chocolate -- some of which we believe are ground breaking and we are looking forward to applying while working with other beans.
In the end though, it is all about flavor and Dos Rios has plenty of flavor to amaze you. The cocoa beans we used taste of bergamot, spice, and have a hint of floral aroma. So does this amazing chocolate. I am very happy with the results of the chocolate we made from magical beans and believe you will be truly amazed by this chocolate for its intensely beautiful flavor." - Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate in Utah