About our Chocolates

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Why we choose to use Callebaut Chocolate

Wanting to produce the best possible chocolates we knew we had to start with the best foundations by using finest chocolate we could source. 

After sampling many different chocolate bean to chocolate producers from all over the world we decided to use a Belgium produced line of couverture chocolate from Callebaut.

The range we use is derived from a mix of West African bean producers which gives the chocolate a full bodied flavour without the inherited flavours or aromas from any specific region. As the same as Wine, Cocoa plants inherit flavours & aromas from the soils and conditions in which they are grown.

We incorporate our own distinctive flavours in to our chocolates which meant this range was the best choice as to not cloud the flavours we wish to infuse.

Along side of these reasons one of the best features of purchasing this range of chocolate is that it also gives back to the community in which the beans are grow and harvested via the work of Cocoa Horizons.

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Cocoa Horizons Sustainability Program

For the farmers, the families & sustainability

Cocoa Horizons an impact driven program focused on cocoa farmer prosperity and helping build self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children.

The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority.

To improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development.

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Keeping it Kiwi & Pacific Island with what goes into Aroha Chocolates

Wherever possible we use and support New Zealand & Pacific Island producers.

Be that for our ingredients like our fresh Nelson grown Raspberries, NZ award winning liqueurs or fruit & nut producers throughout the country. Even majority of our packaging is made right here in New Zealand by Kiwis (people not the birds them selves).

Some more exotic flavours which are not viably grown here we source from our friends in the pacific that are situated closer to the equator to deliver the best quality and flavoursome ingredients only they can offer, all the while helping to support and grow their futures as well.

The maps here show the locations of just some of our ingredients’ origins. We are always on the look out for new and exciting flavour to add to our range.

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Awards

NZ Chocolate Awards_2018_Bronze
Aroha Chocolate - Raspberry Truffle

Our Raspberry hand rolled chocolate truffle was the recipient of the “2018 Bronze Award” for a filled chocolate.

“A delicious Raspberry ganache, using Nelson’s fantastic fresh Raspberries enrobed in dark rich chocolate, topped with powdered freeze dried Raspberries.”

Allergen & Dietary Information

*All of our products are handcrafted in the same environment that also contain gluten, soy, dairy, peanut & other nuts.
We do our best to separate production however contact with these ingredients may occur.

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Gluten Free*

Our truffles contain a wheat based glucose which by coeliac sites in NZ, AU, CA & UK say the processing of the glucose dilutes the gluten to a non detectable level. We do not list our Truffles as gluten free even though it is unlikely to cause a reaction, this way it can be up to your personal discretion.
Link to further information:
NZ: coeliac.org.nz
AU: coeliac.org.au
UK: coeliac.org.uk

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Dairy Free*

Link to Sugar Free information & products

Sugar Free*

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Vegetarian*

Link to Vegan information & products

Vegan*

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