Taiwan is well-known for its pearl milk tea, pineapple cakes, and fried chicken, among many other traditional foods and snacks. But did you know that Taiwan also makes award-winning chocolates? Continue reading to learn more about Taiwan’s one-of-a-kind tree-to-bar chocolates.
In Taiwan, the tree-to-bar idea in chocolate production is still relatively recent. Chiu, Taiwan’s first bean-to-bar chocolatier, planted his first trees in 2003. He successfully manufactured chocolates from scratch for the first time in 2010, kicking off the trend of cacao cultivation and chocolate production in Pingtung, Taiwan. Many people are unaware that Taiwan grows cacao and makes chocolate, considering the fact that it has only been around for about a decade!
Taiwan not only produces special tree-to-bar chocolates, but they have also won several awards! Taiwan received its first prize at the World Chocolate Awards in 2017. Fu Wan Chocolate’s Tie Guan Yin tea-flavored dark chocolate was a favorite of the judges. As a result, this distinct Oriental flavor was awarded a gold medal.