If You Love Lindt, Then You'll Love These Homegrown Chocolate Brands, Too!

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    If you are someone who loves chocolate from brands such as Lindt, Hershey's and Godiva, then you are in for a treat. Why? Because we personally think chocolate is therapy, and so, you should also be indulging in the best Indian chocolate brands. If you think you've had enough of the generic chocolate bars (you know the ones we are talking about), check out these awesome chocolate brands that are homegrown (so proud) 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 Cappuccino is our favourite). The rustic packaging with on-point illustrations that complement the flavour of the chocolate makes the whole experience a real treat.  Know more about the brand here. 

    Our picks: All Things Air (Belgian milk chocolate with honeycomb), All Things Single (dark milk chocolate with apple crumble) and All Things Tropical (72 percent 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 percent dark chocolate and 80 percent 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 percent dark chocolate with roasted peanuts and sea salt) and Mint & Nibs(60 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, 75 percent Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bar, Dark Drinking Chocolate. 

    Price: INR 295 onwards 

    Read more here.

    Harsh Chocolates

    This Mumbai-based venture doesn’t do chocolate bars and cacao nibs but treats you to simple and 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!

    For a whole list of hot chocolate blends, click here. 

    Our pick: Almond rocks

    Price: INR 320 onwards

    Darkins

    Darkins

    Available on LBB

    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 percent Dark dark chocolate, 85 percent dark chocolate with blueberries and 65 percent coffee dark chocolate. The best part - all their chocolates are gluten-free and made without added preservatives. 

    Our pick: Darkins 70 percent Dark Chocolate

    Price: INR 295

    Know more here.

    Paul And Mike

    Paul & 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 vibrant, colourful packaging. Their flavours range between 87 percent Dark Chocolate to 41 percent Fine Milk Chocolate. 

    Our picks: 64 percent Mild Dark Balkan Rose Chocolate and 72 percent 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 percent, Almond Sea Salt 80 percent, Mirchi Mango Dark Chocolate Bar

    Price: INR 290 onwards 

    Menakao Chocolates

    Touted to be India's first African chocolate brand, Menakao Chocolates treats you to gluten-free and soy-free chocolates made with ingredients directly sourced from the island of Madagascar. With flavours like sugar-free dark chocolate, 80 percent cocoa dark chocolate, 63 percent cocoa dark chocolate with orange and cranberries, 63 percent cocoa dark chocolate with cocoa nibs and sea salt, we're definitely feeling spoilt for choice. Read more here. 

    Our picks:  Cocoa Milk Chocolate with Madagascan Vanilla

    Price: INR 355 onwards 

    Toska - Artisan Chocolates

    Also a bean-to-bar chocolate brand, Toska offers dark, white and single-origin chocolates made with rather offbeat ingredients like ginger and cardamom along with rose petals, saffron, biscuits, berries, dried fruits and nuts. Take your pick from flavours like Rose & Saffron white chocolate, Smoked Salt & Crystalised Sugar dark chocolate, Madagascar single-origin chocolate and more. They've got chocolate jars and chocolate-coated nuts as well. 

    Our picks: Caramel-Biscuit Elixir and Single Origin Brazil chocolate

    Price: INR 290 onwards

    Zevic

    Zevic

    Available on LBB

    Love chocolate but really want to cut back on sugar? Zevic lets you indulge in chocolates guilt-free offering bars made from the more popular sugar alternative, Stevia. You can choose from around 16 flavours which include roasted almonds, dark chocolates, orange zest, roasted coffee, Turkish hazelnut, Himalayan pink salt and more. Know more here. 

    Our picks: Belgian Milk Chocolate Californian Almonds & Saffron and Belgian chocolate with Organic Jaggery 

    Price: INR 135 onwards 

    La Folie

    La Folie

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    Popularly known for its wide array of freshly baked goods and chocolate creations, La Folie's chocolate bars are worth indulging in at least once. With flavours like Maple & Chunky Almond Butter, Smoked Pink Himalayan Salt, Crunchy Cocoa Nib, Intense Black Jaggery, Sea Salt Caramel, Ecuador Single Origin and more, we bet you will have a hard time choosing your favourite. 

    Mumbai folks who are reading this, you get to indulge in more options. Click here for more deets. 

    Our picks: Nutty Hazelnut Rocher, Mint After Dark and Butterscotch Nuggets 

    Price: INR 280 onwards 

    Choko La

    Choko La

    Available on LBB

    Founded by Vasudha Munjal. Choko La offers artisan chocolates in the form of chocolate minis, chocolate bar, vegan chocolates, bonbons and more. Classic milk chocolate bars, sugar-free chocolate bars, hazelnut chocolate marbles, mini chocolate squares in flavours like orange, mint, chocolate chip and more are on offer. They've also got some delicious hot chocolate blends and chocolate lollipops that you can choose from. Know more here. 

    Our picks: Crunchy French Biscuit Chocolate Bar and Dark Mocha Solo Souvenir Box

    Price: INR 260 onwards 

    Entisi Chocolatier

    Another Mumbai-based chocolatier, Entisi's pralines have our heart! They're available in four varieties - pistachio praline, hazelnut praline, marzipan and hazelnut gianduja, which come with 72-78 percent centre filling (yum!). If you like to keep a check on your sugar intake, their espresso or zero chocolate bars with 55 percent cocoa might suit your taste buds better. Of course, their hot chocolate mix is a must-try! Know more here. 

    Our picks: Hazelnut Praline, Crunchy Hazelnut and Almond Dragees box 

    Price: INR 295 onwards

    Ether Atelier

    Ether Chocolate

    Available on LBB

    We can't get over how unbelievably smooth Ether Atelier's chocolate is. All their chocolate is single origin and not only the packaging is delightfully classy, the actual chocolate is stunning, too. Go for the Noir bar if you like clean dark chocolate with a sprinkling of sea salt, or check out their preserves, too. If we had to describe their chocolate collection, we'd call it high fashion dessert.

    Our picks: Noir Tablet Chocolate

    Price: INR 575 for a bar

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