October 17, 2022

Odyssey Chocolate

Welcome back Odyssey Chocolate!

We are so excited to welcome back, Odyssey Chocolate to the menu! John started Odyssey Chocolate back in 2020 in Charlottesville, VA. He had started researching the ancient culture around cacao and the chemistry of the cacao bean. Through his research, he learned about ancient drinking chocolate which led him to the work of Mark Sciscenti, a chocolate historian and alchemist. John interned with Sciscenti at the Art of Chocolate in Santa Fe where began his journey into the world of bean-to-bar chocolate!

The chocolates from Odyssey Chocolate are made simply with two ingredients: Cacao Beans and Cane Sugar. John sources the finest quality craft grade cacao beans from all over the globe, because beans with different origins have different flavor profiles. He explained how the genetics of the bean and the environment can affect their overall flavor. So far he’s sourced beans from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, Gana, Belize, ithaca (wine infused), and Colombian. He is always looking for more beans to try!

No one origin of cacao bean is treated the same as the next. Roasting profiles, conch time, and sugar percentages change from origin to origin depending on their flavor.

This weekend (10/21/22) we’re offering a bundle that comes with 3 of their chocolate bars! It will have 1 Monster Bar (50% Dark Chocolate), 1 Belize Maya Mountain Bar, and 1 Vietnamese Ben Tre Bar.

If you’d like to learn more about Odyssey Chocolate, you can visit their website here.


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Since 2011, Seasonal Roots’ online farmers market has connected Virginia families with local family farmers who use sustainable, humane practices. Our neighborhood market managers – who believe in living better through scrumptious, healthy eating, being kind to animals, protecting the environment, and spreading joy – home-deliver freshly harvested produce, pastured eggs, grass fed dairy and meat, plus artisan fare. We empower our members to eat better and live better with more nutritious, flavorful food that’s good for us and good for the planet. More info at seasonalroots.com.