Fortunato Tumbled Dark Chocolate Beans
FORTUNATO NO. 4 Introducing the ultimate in single origin chocolate.
Made from Pure Nacional cacao, Moonstruck reintroduces the long-deprived
world to rare & complex flavors of fruit, flora, nut & coffee. Lost in Ecuador,
Rediscovered in Peru Originally discovered by a Swiss chocolate couverture
manufacturer traveling in Ecuador in the early 1800s, Pure Nacional was
prized for its unique cacao scent & fully developed flavor characteristics.
It dominated the fine chocolate couverture market before the cacao trees
were decimated by diseases nearly 100 years ago. The few surviving
disease-resistant & hybrid varieties never could compare in quality.
Recently, Dan Pearson & Brian Horsley of Maranon Chocolate discovered
pods of white & purple cacao beans in the Maranon Canyon of northern
Peru. Told by locals that the cacao was used in couverture, samples were
sent to the US Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) genetics laboratory
for DNA testing. The lab confirmed that the Pure Nacional variety, thought
indigenous to Ecuador & extinct, lived on in Peru. Fortunato No. 4 is
named after the Peruvian farmer, Fortunato, on whose farm the beans
were found. The number four was chosen because the fourth of 14 samples
sent to the USDA was the purest expression of Pure Nacional cacao, the
same cacao used to create Fortunato No. 4 chocolate. Pure Nacional trees
thrive at the highest altitudes ever recorded in the remote micro climate
of the Maranon Canyon. Once harvested, the beans are transported first
by foot, then by burro & motorcycle & finally by all-terrain vehicle for
quality post-harvest processing. The resulting cacao offers an unsurpassed
range of delicate & rare flavor. Dark Chocolate (cocoa mass, cane sugar,
cocoa butter), Roasted Fortunato Cocao Beans, Clarified Butter (milk fat),
Modified Starch and Sucrose, Confectioner’s Glaze,
Gold Powder (artificial colors Lakes & Dyes of FD & C Blue #1, Blue #2,
Red #3, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #40 and/or Titanium Dioxide).