Just as we’d suspected, that “mysterious” Good & Evil chocolate bar that’s co-opted the schtick that Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert put forth in their traveling Good vs. Evil roadshow, makes its big debut at this weekend’s Salon du Chocolat. Philadelphia’s Inquirer spills the beans on the the bar, which is the culmination of more than a year’s work from Ripert and Pennsylvania-based chocolatier Christopher Curtin’s Eclat. To create it, the two trekked deep into jungles of Peru in search of an elusive type of wild-growing cacao believed extinct since 1916.
Don’t go running out to buy them just yet. Each 2.6-ounce bar will retail for $18 — and the sky-high price reflects not only the scarcity of the Peruvian Pure Nacional cacao, whose pods bear both white and dark beans, that they were forged from, but the painstaking steps across three continents the Eclat owner took to see the project through. From Peru where Curtin hand-selected the beans, the raw materials were processed in Switzerland, and ultimately melted, tempered, and molded at Eclat’s HQ in the Philly suburbs. And with its rollout, you can now add chocolate to the expanding Anthony Bourdain brand. Here’s hoping this doesn’t go the same way as it did with No Reservations and Cadillac.
The super chocolate bar called Good & Evil [Inquirer]