For the upcoming Easter on 27th of March, it is perfect to treat yourselves and your loved ones with some amazing chocolates. Easter bunnies and other sweet treats are even better on Bali because this is where they have an amazing cocoa and some pretty fantastic homemade chocolates.
For example, you can take your kids to POD Chocolate Factory near the Sangeh Monkey Forest on the grounds of Bali Elephant Camp in Badung and show them how to make chocolate from the scratch.
Children will see that cocoa grows on a tree, and they will be able to try cocoa nibs. Then at the factory, they will witness the making of chocolate and pralines before their eyes.
White, dark, extra dark, peppermint or orange… you can taste everything there and even make your chocolates. Yes, kids are allowed to play with chocolate there. They get high-quality dark and a dozen of different toppings such as hazelnuts, almonds, coconut, and candies. From all of that they can make yummy chocolates to take home.
Just 20 minutes from Ubud, in Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, there is also Big Tree Farms Chocolate Factory that is the first bean to bar chocolate factory in Southeast Asia. They work hand in hand with thousands of cacao farmers and grow their own cacao. Their chocolates use only their coconut sugar as a sweetener. No refined sugar, no soy lecithin, and no artificial flavors. Just pure cacao and coconut sugar.
In Uforia Chocolate factory in Karangasem, it all starts with Bali-grown fresh cacao fruit in the village of Jasri. They use local, organic ingredients and focus on making great tasting, healthy dark chocolate. They have some exciting chocolate combinations such as dark chocolate with salt—ultimate dark Uforia Chocolate garnished with sparkles of local Bali sea salt. They also invite you to dive into the chewy, luscious, tangy, sweet taste of sun-dried, tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, and rambutan tucked into chocolate. And they blend cashews, ginger, orange, coffee beans and vanilla in their chocolate bars.
But Kopi Luwak Mocha bar that combines dark chocolate with a blend of Kopi Luwak beans sourced ethically from Mandailing Estate, will blow you away!
For the chocolate lovers, great place to visit is also Be Chocolat in Seminyak. Chocolate is made fresh every day, and you won’t be able to get enough of those strawberries in white and dark chocolate.
And for those who might be worried about gaining weight just bare in mind that cacao is one of the best sources of natural magnesium, which is critical for a happy and healthy heart. Perhaps this is why it is such a lovers food.
Have a delightfully sweet Easter everyone!