Blood Orange. Our latest Maui Ku`ia Estate Chocolate flavor

Jenny Greene

Posted on October 25 2018

With their unique color, it’s not hard to guess where Blood Oranges got their name. Due to the antioxidant, anthocyanin that can be found in many red fruits, the Blood Orange is named for its unique deep red flesh color and reddish blush seen on the peel. The color is the result of the anthocyanin, which develops when citrus fruits ripen during warm days tempered with cooler nights.

Believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, Blood Oranges tend to be slightly smaller than other types of oranges, and have a stronger flavor.

If you have joined us for one of our Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate Tasting pop-ups then you may have been lucky enough to be one the first people to sample our Blood Orange flavored chocolate. We have created a 65% Dark Blood Orange and a 60% Dark Milk Blood Orange which we will be producing individually in 25g bars as well as 5g pieces included in our 18 and 48 piece gift boxes.

In order to create the right flavor to complement the Dark and Dark Milk Chocolate our CEO Gunars Valkirs chose to use a blend of two different food-grade essential oils to add during the chocolate making process. “For all of our flavored chocolate it is a matter of trial and error before finding the right flavor and source,” Gunars told us. “The regular orange oils did not have enough zest to complement the chocolate and blood orange oil seems the have the right balance.”

We look forward to sharing this flavor with you all soon! Stay tuned for more updates on our chocolate making process at our Lahaina Chocolate Factory.

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