CHOCOLATE MAKERS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (link to full list with local retailers)
Cocobel Chocolates - dark chocolate bars, bonbons, chocolate bark confections and cocoa powder
Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride - cocoa balls (for cocoa tea) and chocolate liqueurs
Gina’s Chocolate Truffles - chocolate truffles and chocolate caramels (product line includes vegan truffles)
Cacique Chocolates - chocolate truffles (product line includes sugar-free chocolates)
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).
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.
La Providence Estate Ltd. (#6 Tenth Avenue, Barataria, Trinidad) – email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
*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)
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.
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 Research Unit (UWI) (recently changed its name to the Cocoa Research Centre (Nov. 2012))