Choctál: A world tour of chocolate and vanilla ice creams

Choctál was born from the love of ice cream. Their name pays homage to a sacred drink called “Xocolatl,” “Cachuatl,” or “Chocotal” made from cacao. What makes their ice cream over-the-top-delicious is the taste of single-origin chocolate and vanillas. Just like with coffee beans for coffee, hops for beer, or grapes for wine, cacao fruit and vanilla beans are grown in different regions of our planet with different mineral composition in the soil and the water they are grown in. Each varietal has its own unique flavors and aromas. When blended into a premium, artisan-style ice cream, you can actually taste the difference in flavors like a fine wine.

Let’s take a look at some of the flavors:

Costa Rican Chocolate is born from Costa Rica’s lush rainforest. The exceptional cocoa that results provides the essence of this rich, enticing ice cream. Tasting notes: Deep, rich, bittersweet chocolate flavor; coffee and slight caramel flavor notes; texture is silky and creamy. Rating: 4.5/5

Ghana Chocolate is born from small, family-owned farms in the coastal West African country of Ghana. Tasting notes: The flavors are not as intense as the Costa Rican and have a fudgy taste; rum flavor notes; reminiscent of a fudge popsicle in flavor, but very creamy. Rating: 4/5

Dominican Chocolate is organic-certified cocoa from the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Tasting notes: Rich chocolate flavor; slight powdery texture from the cocoa powder; creaminess that coats the palate for a lasting flavor. Rating: 4/5

Mexican Vanilla is born from villages around Papantla, “the city that perfumed the world,” and the Mexican gulf coast city of Vera Cruz where vanillas have been produced for over a thousand years. Tasting notes: Rich vanilla and cinnamon flavors; smooth and creamy texture; reminiscent of a very creamy horchata and vanilla pudding. Rating: 4.7/5

Madagascar Vanilla is known as one of the finest sources of vanilla in the world. The island is located in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Tasting notes: Very strong vanilla flavor; not super sweet; very creamy texture. This is the ultimate vanilla ice cream! Rating: 4.9/5

Papua New Guinea Vanilla was originally grown only in French Polynesia. These exotic Tahitian vanilla beans spread throughout the Pacific Basin and are now cultivated in the lowlands of Papua New Guinea. Tasting notes: Sweeter than the Madagascar vanilla; very creamy texture; this would be the perfect ice cream for Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Rating: 4.5/5

For more information:
Pints are available at Vons, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and Gelson’s. Mini cups will be available in mid-March 2016.