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Junction Magazine, December 2018 issue: Foundry Forges a New Craft Chocolate Movement
Foundry Forges a New Craft Chocolate Movement
Words: Dunc Blair | Photos: Janelle Herrick
One would assume when given just two simple ingredients, that the number of possible flavour combinations would be fairly easy to predict. However, in the hands of chocolate maker David Herrick, the results are numerous, surprising, and you could even say; symphonic.
David and his wife Janelle are the magicians behind Foundry Chocolate, New Zealand's newest craft chocolate maker. And just like the world’s finest single malt distilleries and craft vineyards, the Mahurangi-based chocolate maker is dedicated to capturing the unique character of origin.
Foundry’s meticulous bean-to-bar process uses only two ingredients, cacao beans and organic sugar, to make dark chocolate with a myriad of flavour notes ranging from honey to ripe tropical fruit, warm spices to hints of caramel. Beans are sourced from the world’s most expressive cacao growing regions - Peru, Tanzania, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Ecuador, and are skilfully handled to produce distinctive flavours that must be tasted to be believed.
The husband and wife team, have both applied their ‘craft’ in their own unique way. David has not only accentuated the ingredients’ provenance and terroir, he’s tinkered with time, temperature and even the chocolate making machinery to ensure each micro-batch is unforgettable. Janelle has put her knowledge of art-direction and design into packaging, that when unwrapped, feels like an event in itself. The anticipation of opening each resealable parcel is like unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning.
This passion and attention to detail is the reason Foundry Chocolate is a truly ‘craft’ product. There’s consideration in every step, which makes eating chocolate exciting again. And while enjoying it, you also need to remind yourself that there are only two ingredients – nothing else. The stone fruit, lychee or fruitcake flooding you palate are simply the natural flavours of the cacao, accentuated with exceptional care, skill and a whole lot of love.