Trinidad & Tobago Chocolatiers, Cocoa Farmers, Chocolate Events & Resources

CHOCOLATE MAKERS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (link to full list with retail locations to buy the chocolate)

Chocolate Trinidad TobagoCocobel Chocolates – dark chocolate bars, bonbons, chocolate bark confections and cocoa powder

Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride – cocoa balls (for cocoa tea) and chocolate liqueurs

Gran Couva Fine Dark Chocolate – chocolate bars (cocoa is grown in Trinidad and processed in Tobago)

Gina’s Chocolate Truffles (Gina Artisan Chocolatier) - chocolate truffles and chocolate caramels (product line includes vegan truffles)

Omarbeans Organic – chocolate bars (plain, with cocoa nibs and coffee nibs and ginger when in season). Truffle and bonbon boxes are available at Christmas.

Soular Chocolate – “Our chocolate is single estate from La Reunion (the only T&T bean to win international awards last year), made ONLY with organic beans, organic cocoa butter that we hand press fresh on the day of making the chocolate, and Guyanese demerara sugar (no white sugar).”

Cacique Chocolates – chocolate truffles (product line includes sugar-free chocolates)

Spirit of Chocolate (Cocoa Research Centre at UWI) – dark chocolate bars (70%).  Contact (868) 662-8788 or info@cocoacentre.com for more details.  Link to picture of bars.

Olando House of Chocolate (Scarborough, Tobago) – stone ground chocolate bars (70%).  The cacao is harvested by the Tobago Cocoa Farmers Association* and the chocolate is made in Tobago!)

Tobago Estate Chocolate (Roxborough, Tobago) – fine chocolate bars (70%); chocolate balls for “chocolate tea” or hot chocolate (chocolate bars are made abroad).

Tucker Vale Chocolates - “great Tasting high flavonoid Health Chocolates, using Trinidad Select Hybrid cocoa nibs embedded in a fabulous sweetened chocolate base.” Contact (868) 466-4062 to order.

Violetta Fine Chocolates – chocolate truffles and chocolate bars

COCOA FARMERS & ESTATES IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Avondale Estate (Brasso Seco, Trinidad) – currently working on producing single estate bars of dark chocolate made from organic chocolate!  Also offers a organic produce basket subscription program.

Grande Agro Tourism Ltd (Sangre Grande, Trinidad) – accepts visitors for tours (link to tour information)

La Providence Estate Ltd. (#6 Tenth Avenue, Barataria, Trinidad) – laprovidence.estate@yahoo.com

Rancho Quemado Estate Ltd. (PO Box 139, San Fernando, Trinidad)

San Antonio Estate (Gran Couva, Trinidad) – “San Antonio Estate is the main collection point for cocoa grown by members of the Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Co-operative Society and local cocoa and chocolates from the members are available for sale upon request.”  Also, the estate accepts visitors for tours, contact Richard de Verteuil at (868) 679-9515 or rdeverteuil@gmail.com)

Tobago Cocoa Estate (Roxborough, Tobago) – accepts visitors for tours (link to tour information)

*Tobago Cocoa Farmers Association - ‎Farms ‘Trinitario’, the TSH [Trinidad Selected Hybrids] varieties, and recently a ‘criollo’ type discovered in Tobago.

CHOCOLATE & COCOA EVENTS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (these events are usually held annually)

UWI’s Cocoa Research Unit offers a Chocolate Making Course open to the general public.  Contact (868) 662-8788 or info@cocoacentre.com.  Link to flyer.

Cocoa & Coffee Festival (December) - This festival is sponsored by the Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of T & T with local exhibitors displaying their cocoa and coffee products.  The 2011 festival included a cooking competition featuring cocoa and coffee; live entertainment and children’s activities.

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day (October) – Marked locally by the Cocoa Research Unit at The University of the West Indies with an exhibition of locally grown and produced cocoa and chocolate products.

Caribbean Fine Cocoa Conference & Chocolate Expo (June) - This conference is sponsored by the Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum and the 2012 conference was June 28 – 29 at The Magdalena Grand Hotel and Beach Resort in Tobago.  Link to pictures from the 2012 Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum conference.

CHOCOLATE & COCOA INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad & Tobago (CCIB)

Cocoa Research Unit (UWI) (recently changed its name to the Cocoa Research Centre (Nov. 2012))

Cocoa Research Division of the T&T Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs

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