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How Much Do You Know About Jamaican Chocolatiers?!

Jamaica has a handful of Chocolatiers that either support local Cocoa farmers or have their own Cocoa farm. They manufacture rich, high quality Chocolate Bars from the Cocoa Bean right here in Jamaica, more familiarly known as ‘Bean to Bar’ or ‘Farm to Bar’.

Our local Chocolatiers and where you can find their Chocolate Bars!

Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers
• Likkle More Chocolate
• One One Cacao
• Chocollor Chocolate
• Pure Chocolate Company

> Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers

Founder: Local cocoa farmer, Averell French

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This photo from The Jamaica Observer was taken in 2014, when Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers won Best New Food Item for their Chocolate Spread. Looking on is Food Judge, Matthew Hogarth.
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Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers’ Chocolate Bars. They have packs with miniature bars as well.

They produce various products from Cocoa:

• Cocoa Powder
• Cocoa Nibs (Good antioxidants that can be blended with herbal tea, blended with smoothies/shakes and added to cereal with a sprinkle)
• Chocolate Bars
• Chocolate Spread
• Chocolate Wine
• Chocolate Tea

Fun Fact:

Adam & Eve Day Spa uses Chocolate from Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers for Chocolate Face Masks.

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Averell French’s wife, Helen with a package of their Cocoa Nibs at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection trade show last December 15, 2018.

***Where you can find Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers’ Chocolate Bars?***

Loshusan Supermarket, Barbican; Fontana Pharmacy, Barbican; The Jamaica Pegasus Store, New Kingston

Costs: ~$430-$450JMD +tx per bar; ~$900JMD+tx for miniature variety pack; 
$350JMD per bar (Wholesale/Factory price)

Instagram: @mount_pleasant_farm_chocolates

> Likkle More Chocolate

• Founder: Nadine Burie (Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards Dessert Chef of the Year – 2018 & 2019)

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Nadine Burie (L) with staff from Cafe Blue.

• Production of Chocolate Bars still in the creative process

***The brand is under continuous expansion or changes, so the percentages and flavours stated are what Suga Lifestyle has observed over the past few years and in speaking with Nadine Burie last December, 2018. There may be more or less variety to date***

• 62% and 70% Dark Chocolate Bars

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Nadine Burie and staff cracking the Cocoa pods for Chocolate production.

• Produces Decorated Chocolate Bars with a unique variety of flavours!

– White Chocolate and Green tea matcha
–  Dark Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Caramelized
– Ginger
– White
–  Dark

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Likkle More Chocolate’s Decorated Chocolates

***Where can you find Likkle More Chocolate Bars?***

Cafe Blue, Sovereign Plaza, Liguanea (when available)

Instagram: @likklemore.chocolate

> One One Cacao

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Nick Davis of One One Cacao at his Chocolate Factory in St. Mary. (Photo: http://www.asksheil.com)

• Founder: Nick Davis
• BBC Caribbean’s correspondent
• Currently working on Production of Coffee in addition to his Chocolate Bars
• Factory in St. Mary overlooks the sea
• Started making Chocolate after he got a mystery illness, where he could no longer eat foods with preservatives
• He never thought he could give up Cadbury Dairy Milk, but when he decided to make his own Chocolate, he told Suga it was the best he has ever had. The need for sweet preservatives or artificial flavours was replaced by an appreciation for rich, strong, Dark Chocolate.

• Persons who make the switch to Dark Chocolate from Milk Chocolate with artificial flavours may find it bitter, but once you keep having it, you will love and appreciate the richness of Dark Chocolate like myself and Nick.

Fun Fact:
Without getting access to Likkle More Chocolate, the majority of Suga tasters voted One One Cacao as the richest Dark Chocolate in Jamaica, May 25, 2019.

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Photo: http://www.asksheil.com

• Nick Davis wants Jamaican Chocolate to go global and be recognised as much as Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, because we have some of the world’s finest Cocoa.
• Nick helps local Cocoa farmers by paying them a decent price.
• His Chocolate is 70% Cocoa
• Cane juice is used to sweeten the rest

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***Where can you find One One Cacao Chocolate Bars?***

The Butcher Block, Manor Park; Cannonball, Manor Park; Craft Cottage, Village Plaza

Cost: ~$900 – $1000JMD +tx per bar

Instagram: @oneonecacao

> Chocollor Chocolate

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Carl Sharp of Chocollor Chocolate

• Family business owned by Carl and Donna Sharp from Trelawny
• Donna and Carl moved to Kingston and now have their business in Kingston
• Carl Sharp is a certified Chocolatier from the Cocoa Research Centre in Trinidad and ecolecholate
• Carl used to be a mechanical engineer and then he had a vision to create something authentically Jamaican

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• Chocollor produces Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Bars
• White Chocolate Bars are to be produced in the near future
• 6 and 12 – packs available with a variety of miniature Milk, White and Dark chocolates
• They use Cane juice to sweeten; no preservatives

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Chocollor Chocolate’s 6-pack variety of miniature Dark, Milk and White Chocolates.

Fun Facts:

Suga Taster, Tennyson Arnold still has a preference for Chocolate with artificial flavours. So, Chocollor Chocolate’s Milk Chocolate was his favourite at Suga Lifestyle’s Chocolate Tasting. Also, their White Chocolate was well received and their Dark Chocolate was richest for Suga Taster, Randy Burgess.

***Where can you find Chocollor Chocolate Bars?***

Location: 9 Leinster Road, Kingston
Ph: 876-321-5619
Instagram: @chocollorchocolate

Costs: $290JMD per Milk Chocolate bar; $375JMD per Dark Chocolate Bar; $790JMD for miniature variety 6-pack (Milk, Dark, White); $817.18JMD for miniature variety 12-pack (Milk, Dark, White); $667.94 for 12-pack Milk Chocolates; $959.66 for 12-pack Dark Chocolates; $796.90 for 12-pack Milk & Dark Chocolates

> Pure Chocolate Company

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Rennae Tjeerte of Pure Chocolate Company.

• Founders: Former Executive and Assistant Pastry Chefs at Half Moon, Wouter and Rennae Tjeerte respectively, who met working at Half Moon and found love. Wouter is from Holland and Rennae is from St. Catherine.
• Some time after Half Moon, Wouter worked at Jade Mountain Luxury Resort in St. Lucia, where they make their own Chocolate from scratch. Wouter had no choice but to learn how to make Chocolate. Rennae was quite enthusiastic about this and learned how to make Chocolate too.
• Eventually Rennae longed to return home to Jamaica. Wouter told her once she could source a good quality Cocoa bean, they would return and they did!

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Wouter Tjeerte of Pure Chocolate Company

• They also produce Slow Roasted Cocoa Nibs
• Support local farmers

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Pure Chocolate Company’s Local Cocoa farmer, Mr. Bodie in Tom’s Hope Fellowship, Portland.

• The Cocoa is transported from Portland to their factory in Spanish Town, where they ferment and dry the Cocoa bean.

• They produce a variety of Dark Chocolates Farm to Bar:  68% slow roasted nibs, 75% Pure Chocolate, 84% Pure Chocolate and 70% Jerk Seasoning

• They have unique molding too!

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• Pure Chocolate Company supports local Artist, Taj Francis, graduate of Edna Manley for their bold packaging

Check out what Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth had to say about the local Chocolate that tasted the best to her on May 25, 2019 at Suga Lifestyle’s Chocolate Tasting! 

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Did you know Jamaican Chocolate made it to Amsterdam, Netherlands?!

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Pure Chocolate Company’s Chocolates being sold at Chocoa, Amsterdam’s Chocolate Festival earlier this year from February 23 – February 24, 2019!

***Where can you find Pure Chocolate Company’s Chocolate Bars?***

Things Jamaican stores (Devon House; 14 Camp Road, Kingston; NMIA); Half Moon Shopping Village; Goldeneye Resort, St. Mary; Smokeez, Rosehall, Montego Bay; Antigua Airport

Costs: ~$950-$1000JMD +tx per bar; $800JMD per bar (Trade show price)
$650JMD per bar (Wholesale price with a minimum of 24 bars)

Instagram: @purechocolatecompany

One last Fun Fact:

One of the Chocolate companies in Grenada uses a machine that they got from the Highgate Chocolate Factory in Richmond, St. Mary, Jamaica that closed in 2006.

My Suga Tasters, who you will hear more about soon, had a blast at Suga Lifestyle’s Chocolate Tasting. I hope you enjoyed reading about our Jamaican Chocolatiers and their stories. Please go out and try our local Chocolates soon. You will not regret it!

Buy Local, Buy Jamaican 🇯🇲

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Ashurii Designs Handmade Sketchbooks has GW Art Itching to Sketch a New Collection!

Ashlee Douillard had her aha moment to start her own line of sketchbooks in 2013, while studying architecture and there was a continuous need for quality sketch pads.

It wasn’t until 2017 when she started to sell them and saw that this could be a lucrative business for her. Her line of handmade books, Ashurii Designs,  include ruled journals and planners in various sizes that can be customised as well. They showcase the work of various young, local artists.

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Handmade books by Ashurii Designs with Dan Tho artwork
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Handmade books with customized quotes that we love are also available by Ashurii Designs

This initiative is Ashlee’s creative way to fund school supplies and her masters degree.

I finally got my customised, handmade sketchbook from Ashurii Designs a few weeks ago that had to have pink material. This was before she started advertising customised quotes and more on her books though, so can’t wait get more! Who knows, maybe GW Art will be a part of an Ashurii Designs handmade book soon too.

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Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle (GW Art) supports Ashurii Designs

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Remember that when you support a small business, someone does a happy dance.

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Ashurii Designs Sketchbooks and Journals are now being sold in Swiss Stores at F & B Downtown.

Ashurii Designs

Ph: 876.481.9404

Instagram/Facebook: @ashuriidesigns 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art has Mother’s Day Gifts!

‘Thankful’ Wooden sign 

We have to be Thankful for Mothers! GW Art has a variety of items that may serve as the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

● Wooden signs
● Paintings
● Decorative Mason Jar Sets
● Mini Tabletop/Desktop pieces
● Tote bags

Also, the first shopper that spends $5000JMD or more gets a COMPLIMENTARY bottle of WINE, because with GW Art, It’s Always Wine O’Clock!

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GW Art Cotton Tote Bags
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Acrylic on Canvas Paintings *ON SPECIAL*
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Decorative Mason Jar sets embellished with Burlap and Lace. *LED Candles included *Gold Trays available for purchase
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Mini Tabletops/Desktops

*Delivery and Pick up Information*

Delivery is available around Kingston and Pick up is available from The Liguanea Club, New Kingston

Get GW Art in your Mom’s space today! #BuyLocal #GWArtIsForEveryone

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery):

http://www.sugalifestyle.com

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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Suga Lifestyle & Rotaract Club of New Kingston’s Arts & Entrepreneurship Initiative makes the Paper!

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Article published in the Jamaica Gleaner – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Suga Lifestyle (GW Art) and the Rotaract Club of New Kingston are extremely proud to see the young women from our Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop have their own story, journey and success be highlighted today in the Jamaica Gleaner! Check it out! Hard work yields success.

They also made Craft Cart Jamaica’s Pop Up Craft Village event write up two Sundays ago!

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Kudos to the Rotaract Club of New Kingston for inviting me to help execute this initiative.

Kudos also to Craft Cart Jamaica for providing us with the opportunity to showcase their products at their trade show.

Thanks to everyone who supported this initiative by purchasing art pieces, helping with their promotion and more!

Much love and respect.

XoXo,

Suga 💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Mom & Me Pop Up this Saturday!

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Pop Up Events Ja will be hosting a Mom & Me Pop Up for Pre Mother’s Day shopping this Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 3pm-7pm with FREE entry, but $500JMD after 8pm. 

Pamputtae’s Single Mother Foundation will be launched at this event. The aim of the foundation is geared towards assisting and empowering single mothers islandwide. It will be in honour of the phenomenal women who work tirelessly just to make ends meet on a daily basis, who play both “Mother & Father Roles ” in their child/children’s lives.

There will be lots of prizes and surprises.

Visit @popupeventsja on Instagram to see which artisans or local businesses will be there. 

Come out this Saturday and Sip and Shop for Mom. You can order items for pick up and personalize gifts as well.

Buy Jamaican. Build Jamaica.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Shop Mother’s Day Gifts this Sunday at Conu’co Market at the Cove in Ocho Rios!

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Head over to Conu’co Market at the Cove this Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5th from 10am to 5pm as they celebrate all things Jamaican made, grown and sewn! Get an early start to shopping creative, unique, thoughtful gifts for Mom!

Explore beautifully made Crafts and  enjoy shopping for Art, Ceramics, Leather products, Jewellery and Accessories, Condiments, Jams, Sauces, Spreads, Cakes, Candles, Skincare and Hair products. Adorn yourself with Henna and Body art and find just the right plants and produce for the home from a variety of local vendors as you walk through the grounds at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove.

Suga Endorsed Artisans, such as My Old Man Leathercraft and Mira Botanicals will be there!

If you haven’t been brought up to date, My Old Man Leathercraft now has belts for the ladies and belt packs for both ladies and gents.

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Mira Botanicals will be there with Body Soaps, Oils and Scrubs, as well as some recycable products.

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I would also look forward to seeing Siwatu Jewellery and the unique, House of Chematy, just to name a few.

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Siwatu Jewellery
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House of Chematy

Satisfy the appetite with food galore and cool down with some ice cream or beverages too!

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Food Trucks of Jamaica

Food Trucks of Jamaica will be there with delish Tacos, Quesadillas, Pico de Gallo, Nacho Chips and Cheese!!!

Chef Vita will be there! Porridge never looked so good.

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Kande’s Delights, no stranger to  Conu’co Market and also #SugaEndorsed, will be there with their ice cream and sorbet! It is Spring, but I think Summer is already here!

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Enjoy! Buy Local. Buy Jamaican.

ADMISSION is FREE!

Support Brand Jamaica!

Jamaica Land We Love

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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There is a NEW Swimsuit Store in Town!

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Swim Shop 876 has opened its doors on 92 Hope Road, Shop #12 (The same complex as Bookophilia). They sell various styles of swimsuits at an affordable cost of $5000JMD from Size Small to 3XL.

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If you can’t get to the store, follow @swimshop876 on instagram because they deliver islandwide!

Support our local businesses. Swimshop876 is #SugaEndorsed

Swimshop 876

Location: 82 Hope Road. Shop #12

Ph/Whatsapp: 876-440-4162; 876-883-3823; 876-846-0702

Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 7pm

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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