“The trees growing in the wilderness are like no other. They produce a very special cacao with a unique taste. Chris, the Master Chocolatier, helped to create the contrast between the silkiness of the chocolate bar and the texture of the nibs.”
Chef Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and chocolatier Christopher Curtin, have worked together on creating what the trio have dubbed the world’s finest chocolate bar.
Called Good & Evil the chocolate bar is the culmination of a year’s work. It was launched late last year at the chocolatier’s West Chester store, Pennsylvania.
The 72 per cent cacao bar has been created from wild-growing cacao called Pure Nacional. Thought to have been extinct for almost a century, the rare, fine-flavoured beans have been rediscovered growing on small isolated farms in Peru, with the dynamic trio transforming them into what has been described as an astonishingly good chocolate bar.
In April 2012 Ripert and Curtin travelled to Marañón Canyon, a remote area surrounded by 6,000-foot canyon walls in the Peruvian Andes Mountains and home to Pure Nacional. Here Curtin hand-selected only the Premier Cru Superieur – superior first harvest of the year – that would lay the foundation for Good & Evil. The resulting bar marries the controlled purity and smoothness of the chocolate, developed from the centuries-old process of conching, or blending, with the raw appeal of deliciously bitter cocoa nibs taken from the original beans.
This duality mirrors the connection between Ripert, who only sees the “good” in food, and Bourdain, who embraces the “evil” of the dark cocoa nibs. Together with Curtin, they hope Good & Evil will give everyone who tries it a sublime taste experience of the world’s rarest cacao beans.
A self-confessed chocoholic, Ripert says the chocolate bar features earthy and fruity tones with a distinctive texture and flavour.
The 2.6oz Good & Evil bar is US$18 and available online at eclatchocolate.com and the Eclat Chocolate store in West Chester. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that at some point the chocolate may also be available in Cayman too.