Solstice Chocolate is an American chocolate maker located amongst the scenic vistas of Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah had recently been dubbed the craft-chocolate-capital of the States, rightly so with its boom in makers and retailers of small batch craft chocolate. It was in 2013 that husband and wife, Scott Query and DeAnn Wallin, founded Solstice Chocolate.
Starting as a hobbyist before running Solstice as a business, DeAnn had always been fascinated by chocolate. Chocolate seemingly made its way into DeAnn’s family activities, from as a child making chocolates with her grandmother, to as a mother making chocolates with her daughters. We like to think that chocolate finds wonderful ways to bring people together.
This 70% Ugandan chocolate is the first bar to reach our Library made from cacao of Uganda. This fine cacao had grown in Bundibugyo, an area of Uganda that is flourishing in its growth of cacao farming.
Solstice sources its beans through Atlantic Cocoa Co., and although Ugandan cacao is starting to flourish, the farmers have intense government bureaucracy to deal with. New sources are slowly becoming available, and from what DeAnn has sampled, she finds Ugandan cacao fantastic to work with. This bar is the first Ugandan chocolate to feature within our Library.
The roasting of these Bundibugyo cacao beans in the Solstice kitchen smells like the baking of banana bread, which follows through in the end chocolate experience.
The flavour profile of this 70% dark chocolate is rich on the nuts, with a chocolatey-gianudja flavour and notes of banana. This bar has a fantastic snap and creamy melting texture.