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the Sweet Significance of Licorice in Antidote 🤩 😍

By Red Thalhammer

the Sweet Significance of Licorice in Antidote  🤩 😍

Why is this bar so addictive? It's really dark but without any bitterness, brimming with a citric double dose of lemon, intense floral cacao and sweet licorice root. I have been exploring licorice for over a year in my baking with many kinds from various sources. It was my fabulous secret ingredient! Now, the secret is in Antidote. However, just like with cacao beans, the differences in flavor and quality on licorice are as far apart as 0 and 100. That extreme.

As always, our mantra is flavor finds efficacy.  😋 While I choose the licorice for its aroma, I'm as excited to share that in Ayurvedic tradition, it is a healthful powerhouse, often called the "Healer's Root." With its extensive health benefits and unique characteristics, this extraordinary root is a key player within Ayurvedic medicine.

“Licorice is a versatile plant long cherished for its many therapeutic properties. This potent herb is celebrated for its rejuvenating properties, serving as a brain tonic and offering a shield against life's inevitable wear and tear. It also fortifies immunity, enhances skin complexion, any much more” This from a Kerala Ayurveda Blog. However just want to clarify that the dose in Antidote is small and not intended to heal or treat anything.

Maybe the combination of all makes it so magic? I would love to hear what you think! Supply is limited with LOLA (her name), so take your chance! (and find a little story on LOLA on the back)

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That's How We Do It.

By Red Thalhammer

That's How We Do It.

Recently from a customer: "How is this possible? We broke down and ordered a lot after tasting a couple bars. We hoped that the quality of the chocolate would persist over the range of truly expertly curated flavor suites. Absolutely the best thing we did. We now set the box on the table and revel in a new selection each evening, Barolo Chinato not far behind. Devotees now" - Warren T.

We are all about flavor, so how do we do it? It's an act of creation that can stretch over years. Sometimes the beginning happens out of playing around with trial and error and other times s a flavor is popping up in a dream. In both cases, it's the beginning of a longer experiement to either find a vendor to produce that fruit the way we need it or to find the perfect aroma of a certain spice. Not all is created equal as we know. It took us years to find and fine tune each cacao flavor profile we use with the farmers. The same for our flavor ingredients. We can spend up to two years at times to create a flavor and to find the the perfect complementing flavor pairing. Using real chunks of fruits and spices – from coffee to mango and juniper berries. Choosing ingredients with precision and working closely with our Ecuadorian partners to perfect every stage of our ingredients preparation and production process. We never use essential oils as we believe real ingredients will add more depth and giving that sublime edge. That is how we innovate.

While others look at us and copy our flavors – we take it as a compliment 😉 – we prefer to explore and create, become inspired by different cultures, talking flavors with friends and play. That is where true creation lives. Using unique combinations and ingredients such as lavender & red salt, fennel seeds, and juniper for almost 10 years now in our dark chocolate bars. That and spending nearly 10 years of refining and improving each bar and flavor pairing. The art of creation! We take pride in it!

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