Chuao Chocolates – Food of the Gods
No matter what you call it – cocoa, cacao, chocolate – Theobroma cacao is truly the Food of the Gods. With more than 700 known compounds including theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamide, cocoa is known to lower blood pressure, fight heart disease, enhance mood, and improve memory. With antioxidant properties greater than blueberries and cranberries, cocoa is a Superfood.
Cocoa is native to Central America. Its specific origin is somewhat disputed, but recent scientific research traces it to the Maracaibo Valley of Venezuela. Chuao (pronounced chew-wow) is today a rich caca0-producing region in Venezuela. And now, from Venezuela to Southern California, brothers Michael and Richard Antonorsi bring you their very special, artisan chocolates.
Founded in 2002, Chuao Chocolatier brings you unusual, unexpected, and delicious flavors, which have gained attention from celebrities such as Oprah and praise from Food and Wine magazine.
Chuao Chocolate BarsRichard Anatonorsi manages the company, while Michael Anatonorsi Is the Master Chef. Chocolate runs in their blood. Their ancestors owned a farm that was known for its high-quality cacao. As a child, Michael learned to cook and make chocolates from his German mother. His passion would eventually take him to Paris where he trained as a French Chef at École Supérieure de Cuisine Française Ferrandi, and received specialized training in Pastry Chef and Chocolaterie at the École LeNôtre.
Chef Michael has created several astonishing chocolate bars. They include:
Honeycomb: Luscious amber honey, caramelized into crisp bits and enrobed in dark chocolate. Contains soy, honey.
Salted Chocolate Crunch: Crunchy, toasted breadcrumbs dusted with sea salt and swirled in dark chocolate. Contains soy, wheat.
Firecracker: Sultry sea salt, smoky chipotle, and popping candy exploding in dark chocolate. Contains milk lactose, soy.
Triple Nut Temptation: A crunchy path of whole roasted almonds,hazelnuts and pistachios nestled in dark chocolate. Formerly known as the Caracas Dark bar. Contains tree nuts, soy.
Pop Corn Pop: Mixed puffed whole grains, toasted corn chips, and a sprinkle of sea salt with a surprising POP in milk chocolate. Contains milk, soy.
Potato Chip: Crisp kettle cooked potato chips and a hint of sea salt, mix and mingle in milk chocolate. Contains milk, soy.
Ravishing Rocky Road: Salted caramelized almonds and chewy marshmallows pave the way in milk chocolate. Contains milk, tree nuts, soy.
Maple Bacon: Crisp bites of bacon drizzled with delicate maple sweetness and a sprinkle of bonfire smoked sea salt, bathed in milk chocolate. Contains milk, soy.
Spicy Maya: Seductive cinnamon, pasilla chile and warming cayenne bedded in dark chocolate. Contains soy.
Orange-A-Go-Go: Candied orange harmonizes with the essence of orange bergamot in dark chocolate. Contains soy.