This is the best NZ made chocolate we've tried - and we've sampled a lot of chocolate in our quest to source the most delicious to sell (it's a terrible job!).
The brainchild behind OCHO is Liz Rowe, an ex-journalist and artist, who describes herself as 'craft bean-to-bar chocolatier based in Dunedin'.
She says being craft chocolate means 'that we import the fermented and dried beans and make the chocolate from scratch. This includes roasting, grinding, conching and tempering the chocolate before molding it into bars. We don’t blend any of our chocolate, so each batch is fully traceable back to the farmer co-operative where the beans were grown. All the fair trade beans are grown by small cocoa farmers on family land in the Pacific."
They come in 2 sizes - 40 and 95 grams and these amazing flavours
Salted Caramel - has delicious chunks of salted caramel mixed into OCHO's 70% chocolate. This way you get lots of caramel, a yummy crunch, and plenty of dark chocolate. At around one third caramel and two-thirds chocolate, it is absolutely delicious and moreish.
Beekeeper - New Zealand Manuka Honey, Bee Pollen and Puffed Amaranth are added to OCHO's 70% single origin dark chocolate in this bar. The amaranth and bee pollen combine to give a soft crunch to the chocolate and bring a mild toasted flavour, while the manuka honey adds a strong honey flavour for a lingering finish reminiscent of summer in a beech forest.
Horopito and Kawakawa 66% Cacao - Native horopito leaves and kawakawa berries deliver a spicy, peppery kick. The horopito & kawakawa are ground with the 66% cacao Papua New Guinea chocolate for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
70% Cacao PNG - Robust, fruity and super smooth. The Papua New Guinea beans deliver a strong raisin flavour, with a hint of summer fruits, cinnamon and honey.
Hot Cross Bun - Decadent Hot Cross Bun bar delicately balances cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with a hint of raisin. This one picked up a Silver at the 2020 NZ Chocolate awards. Limited release just for Easter.
Have a try - this craft chocolate is so much richer and smoother than commercially made chocolate that often has lots of sugar and added fat. This artisan chocolate is so good we recommend you buy one bar to give away and another for yourself.