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4. Insider’s Tip


A wave of Ecuadorian artisans is producing high-end chocolate for the first time.  

While Ecuador has long produced sought-after cacao for export, it wasn’t until recently that the country began making its own high-quality chocolate. These days, dozens of small, artisanal producers are using the prized Arriba Nacional cacao bean to make chocolate that ranks among the best in the world. You’ll find the largest selection of brands at Galería Ecuador Gourmet in La Mariscal, where multiple rooms are dedicated solely to Ecuadorian-produced chocolate.


Published on Mar 1, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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