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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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Beat the Heat and Support Immaculate Key Club’s Lemonade Stand in Hope Gardens this Saturday!

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If you have time this Saturday and you can pass by or near to Hope Gardens, please go and support Immaculate Conception High School Key Club’s Lemonade Stand.

Proceeds go towards the Jamaica Cancer Society.

The summer is hot, so visit Alex’s Lemonade stand Saturday and have a refreshing weekend!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Highlights from the 21st Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with husband, Randy Burgess at the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday, May 30, 2019.

The 21st staging of the Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday on the lawns of Devon House was truly a euphoric atmosphere with the highest standards of food and drink in abundance with vibrant music to bounce and wobble to while guests indulged.

All the booths were quite inviting, but with experience, my friends and I were quite selective about our approach to ensure that we didn’t neglect or overlook any of our favourites or newbies on our hit list.

We started at Rainforest Seafoods, where they had salivating Sushi spreads and Wines to pair it all with, including one of my faves, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling courtesy of Select Brands.

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One of the salivating Sushi spreads from Rainforest Seafoods.

We then made our way over to the Restaurant booths from Sandals Resorts International. Tender, juicy cuts of Beef, Ham and Lamb, Seafood, Ribs, Cheese platters, Cocktails, you name it!

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Cumin and Honey marinated Lamb Chops from Sandals Resorts International.

They also had a gigantic Sushi spread.

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As I continued to walk the lawns of Devon House with 18-year old whiskey in hand from Johnnie Walker, my stops had to include my other faves, Stush in the Bush, Christina Simonitsch, Half Moon, Uncorked Sovereign North, Mystic Thai, Steak House on the Verandah and newbies, Jamaican Peanut Butter Factory and Butcher Block by Gregory Burrowes who had savoury offerings from Chef Celeste Gordon, last year’s OFA Caterer of he Year.

Sending a special shout out and hearty Congratulations to Chris and Lisa Binns of Stush in the Bush who cleaned up this year and deservedly so! Their plant powered spread by their very own Sagicor Group booth this year, satisfied scores of guests at a time.

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Lisa and Chris Binns of Stush in the Bush who walked away with 3 awards including the coveted, ‘Jamaican Restaurant with Outstanding Gastronomy Experience Award’.

Christina Simonitsch, who walked away the Enterprise and Outstanding Caterer Awards tantalised our taste buds with her Charred Scotchie Shrimp, then cooled it down with her G.H. Mumm & Strawberry Popsicles. The scrumptious Oxtail Arancini left me speechless.

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Christina Simonitsch serving Randy Burgess some of her Charred Scotchie Shrimps.

Other Highlights of the night:

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Outstanding Caterer Nominee and Jing Shi Award Nominee for Dessert Chef of the Year, Trevanne Donegal, also by the G.H. Mumm booth, with delish Dark Chocolate Truffles.
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Uncorked’s Charcuterie and Cheese platter spread!
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The Solomon Gardner Awardee for Outstanding Service, Best Culinary Team Experience Awardee and Norma Shirley Awardee for Restaurant of the Year, Sugar Mill Restaurant at Half Moon Hotel’s succulent Barbeque Jerk Pork Belly!

Did you know?

Half Moon will be opening a Seafood Restaurant this September!

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Half Moon’s Seafood Restaurant, Delmare’s Chefs Claudio and Clarfield

A taste of what to expect from the Seafood Restaurant to come at Half Moon, Delmare were absolutely delicious Pan Seared Scallops accompanied by tomato compote with saffron and vanilla zucchini spaghetti with Tarragon.

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Delmare at Half Moon’s Pan Seared Scallops
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GCG Event’s surprise Cocktails, divine and spicy Jackfruit Crème Brûlée. They had delightful Beetroot Banana and Chilli marinated Shrimps on pickled green papaya too!
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Newbies on the block and Best Food Product 2019 Nominee, Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead Cheese Platter Displays! My tasting plate was quite appetizing.
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Sweet Obsession Ja’s White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries by the Johnnie Walker booth!
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Just a touch of the mouth-watering Desserts at Future Bakery by Jing Shi’s booth!

Even if I didn’t indulge, I had to also stop by newbies Chillin’ Restaurant and Bar, Seaside Dutchie and Tastee Ltd./Brew’d Awakenings

Grace Kennedy’s Harbour Wines and Spirits also impressed with their Ménage à Trois selection of Wines and more.

You are always as good as your last show and this was by far the biggest and best Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards that I have attended.

This year the Food Awards celebrated various Communities with Jamaican cuisine as authentic as you can get. Congratulations to the Chefs of the Communities that were selected and awarded:

• The Sephestines for Mount Estate, St. Thomas
• Monica Ottar for Bailey’s Vale, St. Mary
• The Allens for Gifford House – Granville, St. James, Montego Bay
• Christopher Marsh for Chris’s Cafe – Main Street, Oracabessa St. Mary
• Chris & Lisa Binns for Stush in the Bush – Free Hill, St. Ann

Chefs, Bakers, Caterers, Retailers and Restaurants have really elevated the level of quality for what they had to offer over the past year.

Congratulations to conceptualiser, Novia McDonald Whyte, the Jamaica Observer, the Judges, Sponsors, Retailers, the talented Nominees, Awardees and everyone responsible for the successful execution and staging of the Food Awards this year.

Cheers to next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Weekend in Sports!

LIVERPOOL wins 6th Champions League Title

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Photo: Bleacher Report

Mohamed Salah scored a penalty for Liverpool in the 2nd minute of the Champions League Final last Saturday. The penalty was a result of a handball off Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko. After a quick goal, quite a boring game followed, where Tottenham had over 60% possession for the majority of the game, but failed to score. After a few close attempts from Tottenham towards the end of the game, Liverpool’s Divock Origi sealed the title win at 87 minutes with a goal in the corner of the net.

Liverpool won 2-0. This was a great win for Liverpool after losing the English Premier League by 1 point to Manchester City. Congrats to Liverpool!

French Open, Roland Garros

Ladies

Venus Williams was sent home in the 1st round again.

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Naomi Isaka (Photo: BBC Sport)

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World #1 Naomi Osaka and GOAT Serena Williams were knocked out in the 3rd round of the French Open on Saturday.

Past French Open Champ, Garbiñe Muguruza was knocked out yesterday by Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

Defending Champ, Simona Halep is still in it to win it!

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Simona Halep (Photo: BBC Sport)

Men

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Favourites, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are all still in it to win it!

Stan Wawrinka won an epic 5-setter versus young Stefanos Tsitsipas who beat Federer in the Australian Open this year. Wawrinka faces Federer next!

WARRIORS level the series with the RAPTORS to 1-1 in the NBA FINALS

The wounded Warriors persevered to win 109-104 versus the Raptors last night.

They lost Kevon Looney in the 2nd quarter to a collarbone injury.

Steph Curry wasn’t feeling 100% and briefly went to the locker room and returned with more energy.

Klay Thompson left early in the fourth with a hamstring injury.

Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, but his supporting cast of Siakam and Gasol were shut down defensively by the Warriors. Lowry was fouled out late in the 4th.

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The Splash Brothers scored the most points, Klay with 25 and Curry with 23, but their supporting cast stepped up big time to help them get the road win.

Draymond scored 17 points.

DeMarcus Cousins a.k.a Boogie who just returned in Game 1 after being out for a while with a quad injury, gave them 11 points and a lot of minutes with great passes. Cook hit some clutch 3-pointers, Bogut stepped in well for Looney and Iguodala sealed the win with a 3-pointer after a great assist from Livingston that was almost intercepted by Kawhi.

Stay tuned for more updates on the NBA FINALS

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF! How Fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards Last Night?!

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Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle at The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards last night at The Devon House.

TGIF! How fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last night?!

I don’t think many persons found the GCG Events booth around the back, but their surprise cocktails handed to you were one of the highlights to my night. Not to mention their spicy JACKFRUIT CRÈME BRÛLÉE! 😍 Stay tuned and follow Suga Lifestyle for more OFA highlights!

Enjoy the weekend!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The NBA Finals Begin Tonight! Who will Win?!

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With no LeBron James, D-Wade, Tim Duncan nor Kevin Durant and a new team in the NBA Finals, NBA fans await the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors with much anticipation.

Injuries plague the Warriors. For now, there is no KD. DeMarcus Cousins a.k.a Boogie who just returned to training, is questionable to return for game 1. If he returns, he may break up the current chemistry of the team though. Then there is past Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, who has an injured calf. He is still scheduled to play.

Despite the injuries, the Warriors have risen to the occasion to compete in the Finals with the return of the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and a focused Draymond Green. Kevon Looney has also stepped up majorly as a big in the paint. We know their bench is deep too. Can they do the 3-peat?!

Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors, whose supporting cast have woken up with hunger in their eyes. There have been talks that Kawhi Leonard has the potential to be compared to Michael Jordan already. I agree, he has been starting to look like the GOAT, but how strong is his support team? Lowry aint no Pippen. He hustles though. Danny Green has been a no show, Gasol is an inconsistent weak link and Ibaka’s age is beginning to show. But VanVleet and Lopez are monsters for them. Siakam and Powell are good shooters too. Toronto also has home-court advantage and …well Drake 🤣

Who will win the NBA Finals?

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Steve Kerr and Pop out for dinner before the Finals!

With all fun and jokes aside, Suga gives the experienced Coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors team the slight edge over the Raptors for the win and the 3-peat.

Kawhi Leonard has already won Finals MVP. It’s time for Steph Curry to continue to step up and show up. I believe it would seal his legacy.

Game 1 starts at 8pmET!

Stay tuned to Suga Lifestyle for your NBA Finals updates! I love this game!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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