Sinful Indulgence: Best Homegrown Chocolate Brands You Must Check Out

    Woohoo! It's that time of the year again! World Chocolate Day is here! For those not aware, World Chocolate Day is celebrated every year on July 7th. 

    We personally think chocolate is therapy, and so, you should only be indulging in the best ones (although we don't think there is any such thing as bad chocolate or too much chocolate). If you think you've had enough of the generic chocolate bars, check out these awesome chocolate brands that are homegrown and will take your taste buds on an indulgent trip! 


    All Things

    This bean to bar chocolate brand uses directly traded cacao and infuses it with fresh local ingredients to create nostalgia-invoking flavours inspired from cities, flowers, colours and even moods. There’s single-origin, dark, milk and even vegan chocolate that you can get in the form of bars, truffles, baking chocolate and even drinking chocolate (Cocoa Cappucino is our favourite). The rustic packaging with on-point illustrations that complement the flavour of the chocolate makes the whole experience a real treat.  

    Our picks: All Things Air (Belgian milk chocolate with honeycomb), All Things Single (dark milk chocolate with apple crumble) and All Things Tropical (72 pct Madagascar dark chocolate with passionfruit). 

    Price: INR 180 onwards. 

    Soklet

    Soklet

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    This one’s a tree to bar chocolate brand which means they grow their own cacao plantations and turn them into decadent chocolate that's ready to eat. Single-origin all the way! Their flavours range from 100 pct dark chocolate and 80 pct zero sugar milk chocolate to more exotic flavours like Spiced bar, Filter Kaapi, Candied Ginger and even Bhut Jolokia Chilli. They’ve got gourmet baking bars, drinking chocolate and cacao nibs too. 

    Our picks: Peanut Butter Crunch (60 per cent dark chocolate with roasted peanuts and sea salt) and Mint & Nibs(60 per cent dark chocolate with peppermint and cacao nibs) 

    Price: INR 200 onwards 

    Read more here.

    Navliuna

    Naviluna

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    Another bean to bar chocolate maker, this one uses only Indian cacao beans to make their chocolate. Formerly known as Earth Loaf, their chocolate is handcrafted in Mysore and includes single-origin bars as well as inclusion chocolate bars mixed with flavours that will appeal to your Indian palate. We’re talking about flavours like Mango, Red Capsicum and Chilli chocolate bar, Kerala Single Estate chocolate bar, Spiced Fig & Walnut, Himalayan Fruit and Nut and more. Their packaging is worth a mention too! 

    Our picks: Cacao Nib and Coconut Sugar chocolate bar and Karnataka Single Estate chocolate bar. 

    Price: INR 330 onwards

    Pascati

    Pascati

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    An artisanal dark chocolate maker, this brand uses only sustainably sourced and organic ingredients to make its chocolate. From sea salt dark and 90 per cent dark chocolate to fruity combinations of mango, blueberry and walnut and mint dark chocolate, they’ve got 12  different types of dark chocolate bars you can choose from. They've got dark chocolate truffle and pralines too.  

    Our picks: 72 per cent Dark Idukki (mix of coffee, dark chocolate and mild herbs) and Rose Almond Dark. 

    Price: INR 180 onwards 

    Mason & Co

    Mason & Co

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    Based out of Auroville, Mason & Co is known to the first indie bean to bar chocolate brand, founded by husband and wife duo Jane and Fabien. Made with organically sourced cocoa, their chocolates are vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. We love their neat and sleek packaging and their flavours range from Dark, Bitter Sweet and Semi-Sweet to Sourdough Sea Salt, Peppermint, Zesty orange and more. 

    Our picks: 70 per cent Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, 75 per cent Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bar, Dark Drinking Chocolate. 

    Price: INR 295 onwards 

    Read more here. 

    Cocoatrait

    Cocoatrait

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    From flavours to packaging, this chocolate brand is all about zero wastage and sustainability and offers vegan and gluten-free chocolate bars for you to binge on! Based out of Chennai, their chocolates smell absolutely tempting and come with no artificial flavouring or oils. The flavours range from pink rose, banana and Sukku coffee to masala chai and lavender - all sourced locally. 

    Our picks: Coconut and Cinnamon and 64 pct Plain Dark Chocolate

    Price: INR 190 onwards 

    Know more here.

    Harsh Chocolates

    Harsh Chocolates

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    This Mumbai-based venture doesn’t do chocolate bars and cacao nibs but treats you to simple but incredibly indulgent dark chocolate almond rocks and The White Pot - a cup-based chocolate dessert with chocolate crumble (available only in Mumbai). They’ve got biscuit chocolates and hot chocolate stir-ins too - it’s literally hot chocolate on a stick!

    Our pick: Almond rocks

    Price: INR 320 onwards

    Darkins

    Darkins

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    If dark chocolate is all you can think about, then you must try Darkins. A Delhi-based chocolate brand, Darkins offers handcrafted and vegan bean-to-bar chocolate made with cocoa sourced directly from farmers in Andhra Pradesh. You can pick from options like 75% Dark dark chocolate, 85% dark chocolate with blueberries and 65% coffee dark chocolate. The best part - all their chocolates are gluten-free and made without added preservatives. 

    Our pick: Darkins 70% Dark Chocolate

    Price: INR 295 

    Know more here. 


     

    Paul And Mike

    Paul And Mike

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    With flavours like Milk Sitaphal Chocolate, Amazonian Pink Pepper and Caramelised Sesame Chocolate, Paul And Mike is a farm-to-bar chocolate brand offering bars made with natural ingredients like fruits, nuts, spices and cocoa beans. We love that their creations are rather exquisite and come in really colourful packaging. Their flavours range between 87% Dark Chocolate to 41% Fine Milk Chocolate. 

    Our picks: 64% Mild Dark Balkan Rose Chocolate and 72% Plain Dark Chocolate 

    Price: INR 500 for two bars. 

    Chockriti

    Chockriti

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    Founded by Pragati Sawhney, a dentist-turned chocolatier, Chockriti offers artisanal chocolates made using sustainably-sourced, organic cacao from South India and Belgium. Their bars and bonbons are a mix of the finest Indian and globally-inspired flavours made with no additives like sugar, butter, oil or preservatives. From Thandai, Goat Cheese, African Rooibos Tea, Zataar and Kaffir lime To Rooh Afza, Kaaju Kulfi, Sencha Green Tea and Kashmiri Kahwa, you can pick from an array of flavours. The best part - they're dentist-approved too. Their packaging is gorgeous to boot. 

    Our picks: Turkish Coffee 65%, Almond Sea Salt 80%, Mirchi Mango Dark Chocolate Bar

    Price: INR 290 onwards