Friday, August 17, 2012
The rarest chocolate in the world can found on the shelves of one Wichita store.
Cocoa Dolce, in Bradley Fair, claims to stock a strain of chocolate once thought to be extinct.
Unlike most cocoa beans that are purple in color, these beans are uniquely white. But it's the taste that has chocolatiers, and chocoholics, intrigued.
"We're really excited because we're the exclusive retailer in the state of Kansas for the rarest chocolate in the world," said owner Beth Tully.
It's called Fortunado #4, and it's made out of a very unique strain of cacao, once thought to be extinct.
"It was a strain of cacao, which is the cocoa bean which was thought to be lost forever, no one had seen any sign of it, anywhere in the world for over one hundred years," Tully said.
But recently, the strain was rediscovered in a remote valley of Peru.
Recognizable by the rare color of cocoa beans.
"When they cut into this pod to check the beans and the quality, they found that these beans were white," Tully said. "Instead of purple so they knew they had something amazing."
The bean color isn't the only thing that makes this chocolate stand out. The taste is also one of a kind.
"Amazing, delicious, it's unlike anything I've ever tasted before," Tully said.
Customers KAKE News talked to agreed.
"Oh my goodness, that melts in your mouth for sure," one customer said. "Oh it totally melts in your mouth."
A sweet treat, that almost never reached another taste bud.
"It's really exciting for, not only me, because I'm a chocolate geek, but it's exciting for the world of chocolate because it brings back something that we just assumed was gone forever," another customer told us.
The USDA has confirmed that this chocolate is from an original cacao tree. Seeds from the plant have been re-planted to keep this rare form of chocolate available.
The chocolate is sold at Cocoa Dulce in both solid bar and ganache forms. The bar sells for $5.