Ecuador is famous for its chocolate. One of the best we’ve tasted is Pacari. They make this amazing chocolate bar with dried figs. In case you didn’t know – I love figs. When we moved to Ecuador I didn’t know this about myself.
But with a combination of higos con queso, empanadas with figs and now chocolate bars with figs I can’t get enough.
Pacari is based in Quito and they export to the United States.
Pacari Chocolate is family owned and produce certified organic “from tree to bar” chocolate products.
(I would have included a photo of the actual chocolate bars … but I accidentally ate them.)
Ingredient List for Fig Chocolate Bar
Varieties of Pacari Chocolate Bars
Fruit and Raw Chocolate Flavors
- Uvilla (Goldenberry): sweet-tart berries with dark chocolate
- Mortiño (Andean Blueberry)
- Merken Chili Chocolate
- Raw 70% Cacao Chocolate
- Raw 85% Cacao Chocolate
- Raw 70% Cacao with Spirulina Chocolate
- Raw 70% Cacao with Salt and Nibs Chocolate (ground cacao nibs)
- Raw 100% Cacao Chocolate
- Raw 70% Cacao with Maca Chocolate
- Salt and Nibs Chocolate
Regional Chocolate Flavors from Around Ecuador
Two of these provinces are on Ecuador’s coast. Los Rios is at the foot of the Andes – located inland from the coastline.
- Esmeraldas: banana, floral and honey
- Los Rios: fruit blossom, guanábana and roasted coffee
- Manabi: nut and citrus flower flavors
They have two limited edition flavors that won gold and silver at the International Chocolate Awards: Limited Edition Piura Chocolate and Limited Edition Nube.
In addition to chocolate bars, they also make chocolate covered cacao beans, chocolate covered dried bananas (and uvillas, espresso beans and cacao nibs), drinking cacao (ginger, cinnamon and natural) and a variety of superfood products.
We’ve tried the three flavors above, along with some of the basic raw chocolate bars. But with 19 different flavors we have some work to do.
These would make a great souvenir for your Ecuador trip.
Try Pacari Chocolate While in Ecuador
While they are worth every penny, ordering these online will cost more than here in Ecuador. These chocolate bars are listed at $2.25 ea – although they cost just $2.01 at SuperMaxi. Online (from the US) they will cost more – from $5 to $8 each.
Which flavor do you want to try first?
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