When Atlanta-based brewery Wild Heaven asked if they could smoke our nibs for Gravitational Wave, their Russian Imperial Stout, we were stoked. And it got us thinking. What about creating a limited edition dark chocolate bar that would pair well with it and be a fun collaboration involving other Atlanta businesses—a ripple effect?
Inspired by the full-bodied stout full of dark fruit, raspberry & smoke, we went to Pine Street Market, one of our favorite butcheries, and asked them to smoke our nibs on applewood. We asked Atlanta olive oil purveyor, Strippaggio, to help us with some blood-orange-infused olive oil. Tossing on freeze-dried raspberries for good measure, the result was Ripple Effect, a sweet and savory bar full of serious smoke and hints of fruit.
While this bar was originally intended to be a single-run batch, it quickly became a customer favorite and then a winner of the 2019 Good Food Award. We knew we had to turn this fun collaboration into a regular, year-round flavor and we hope it will continue to produce all sorts of other positive ripple effects.
Direct-sourced from CAC Pangoa, a coffee and cacao farmers cooperative that is organic and fair-trade certified in the Upper Amazon of Peru.