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
Gran Couva Fine Dark Chocolate – chocolate bars (cocoa is grown in Trinidad and processed in Tobago)
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!)
Spirit of Chocolate (Cocoa Research Centre at UWI) – dark chocolate bars (70%). Contact (868) 662-8788 or email@example.com for more details. Link to picture of bars.
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).”
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.
La Providence Estate Ltd. (#6 Tenth Avenue, Barataria, Trinidad) – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com)
*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))