India’s 1st certified cocoa taster is all set to smash pre-set notions about what a chocolate is, and how healthy it is!
One may imagine otherwise but being a professional chocolate taster comes with its challenges. For one, you conduct autopsies on every piece of chocolate you taste. Nitin Chordia, the first certified chocolate taster from India shares that he does not like most chocolates he tastes here! It’s not just about the sweetness or texture but the blending of different ingredients that forms the essence of the chocolate.
Nitin and his wife Poonam, who is also a certified chocolate taster, are on a mission to make chocolates healthy and prove all our moms wrong!
A power couple that makes nutritious chocolates:
“The problem that our generation has inherited is the assumption that healthy food cannot be tasty! When I started my chocolate exploration journey five years ago, I was determined to find the middle path,” Nitin shares with The Better India.
He realised that a majority of the chocolate produced in India contains milk or other dairy products. And Nitin and Poonam want to show you that this decadent delight can be so much more than just another sweet handed to you in pretty packages.
They established Cocoatrait, a label to revolutionise the definition of chocolate.
Made with no dairy and offering over 10 flavours, Kocoatrait is the bar-to-bean chocolate that you were searching for but never found. Follow this link to get the vegan, gluten-free chocolates.
Bar-to-bean and with no plastic:
The chocolate-tasting duo began their brand as a way to show that your guilty pleasure can also be sustainable and diverse.
Bar-to-bean chocolate is prepared from scratch and Kocoatrait scrutinises each ingredient that goes into it. “Milk (or any dairy ingredient) when added to cocoa nullifies the body’s capacity to absorb the antioxidants available in it. Using dairy products in chocolate is a bad idea for us. Hence we decided that we shall make only make vegan varieties.”
The couple also decided not to add any vegetable fat/oils. And as opposed to sugar or chemical-based sugar-free products, Kocoatrait use healthy alternatives like jaggery, dry fruits, coconut sugar or stevia in their bars.
Fancy some masala chai with your chocolate?
Kocoatrait is unique not just with their healthy additives but also their flavours. Where else will you get vegan variety with masala chai flavour or a banana dark chocolate? From lemongrass to sukku coffee and even lavender, the Chennai-based brand has a variety of flavours. And if you are a connoisseur, it’s time to keep the milk ones aside and try these new flavours instead!
Not only are their products sustainable and healthy, but they also come in eco-friendly packaging. Made from reclaimed cotton and cocoa husk, the packet is biodegradable so no more adding to the landfills as you relish your favourite dessert!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)