Jaguar Conservation Dark Chocolate Collection
In 2021, due to COVID and a terrible hurricane season, the cacao production in this remote region of Honduras was in jeopardy. I put together a team of conservation biologists and cacao importers interested in saving the business in order to protect the last remaining intact rainforest and critical habitat for jaguars.
The jaguar is an apex predator of the rainforest. Its presence alone indicates a healthy forest. However, the jaguar needs a vast territory to hunt and reproduce in order to survive. Habitat loss and hunting are its main threats. Diverse agroforestry systems provide vital corridors for the jaguar to roam.
The cacao for this chocolate collection comes from the last remaining intact jaguar habitat in La Moskitia, Honduras where a lush forest now covers relics of an ancient civilization, now called “The City of the Jaguar.”
I created a very limited collection of 3 dark chocolate bars from the rainforest of La Moskitia, Honduras:
- Lost City, Honduras 72% Dark Chocolate - a bar we have had for years but are especially happy that we were able to keep the cacao harvest going there through our efforts to create a team to help raise the required capital to keep it going.
- Lost City, Honduras 72% Jaguar Cacao Nibs - a bar that has "jaguar cacao nibs", a blonde cacao cousin that tastes like hazelnut, sprinkled on the back for a nutty-like crunch, rich in protein, fiber, and omega-9 fatty acids. The jaguar cacao serves as a symbol of hope to save the last remaining intact rainforest.
- Lost City, Honduras 72% Rare Rainforest Cacao with a Jaguar Cacao Artifact - this bar is made from a rare native cacao that Florentino, head of cacao operations, found for me. I have placed a molded chocolate artifact from the cache on the back of each bar for you to discover. Each artifact is made from an alternative theobroma cacao called, “jaguar cacao”, a blonde cacao cousin that tastes like hazelnut and is rich in protein, fiber, and omega-9 fatty acids. Taste and reveal the treasures of the jungle. When you reveal your treasure, tag #lostcitychocolate
There are only 150 of these limited edition gift boxes, because there was only a small amount of the extremely rare native cacao in last summer's wild harvest. The taste of the native cacao is truly remarkable with nutty flavors, no bitterness, and a reddish-brown color.
Ingredients: cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter & jaguar cacao beans (macambo)
Allergen Info: Contains no dairy but made in a facility that uses milk and wheat. Made in nut-free facility.
weight: 6.6 oz