If you haven’t tried this origin dark chocolate range you’re definitely missing out…

DV chocolate is made in Hermanus, Walker Bay, by the De Villiers family. Many chocolate producers buy in imported couverture chocolate to melt, mould and fill. But this artisan producer joins a handful of South African chocolate artisans who manufacture chocolate from bean to bar. This means they roast, winnow, grind, conch, temper and mould themselves.

The dramatic black packaging of DV artisan Chocolate features five bold colour-coded micro batches, grouped by the origin of the cocoa beans used. It’s much like wine being labelled with an origin in say, Stellenbosch or Robertson. Try these five preferred chocolates from cocoa beans in Rio Caribe in Venezuala, Sambirano Valley in Madagascar, Caracas in Venezuela, and from the islands of Trinidad and Sao Tome.

This handcrafted 70% dark chocolate is available in 50g boxes from the origin mentioned. R40. The 75g Taster pack is a great way of enjoying 15g mini-tastes of the five types, including a chocolate flavour wheel and chocolate guide. R95. (We suggest you return for more once you’ve decided on your favourite…)

Chefs Warehouse also stocks the DV chocolate range in “stoneground” cardboard packaging with black and white trim. The same 50g handcrafted dark chocolate is sourced from five beans of origin, using 70% cacao. R38.

DV artisan chocolate uses only authentic ingredients, with no artificial flavourings or colourants, soya lecithin or nuts. These delicious slabs contain no vegetable oils as only quality cocoa butter is used.