by The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 May 2012

There’s a lot to be said about Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat, the first single-origin, artisanal chocolatier in Vietnam. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat is one of the only bean-to-bar chocolatiers in the world to produce chocolate at its place of origin.

The work of two Frenchmen, cacao for the bars are grown and sourced locally – as is the cane sugar – from small farms throughout southern Vietnam. The result is a unique handmade chocolate, which is then hand-wrapped in stunning packaging. Silk-screen printing on antique gold wrappers delicately conceals the Vietnamese chocolate inside. Each bar is named for the region where the beans were sourced and the rich, earthy colors were inspired by the hues of the cacao pods. Regrettably, unless a Vietnamese adventure is in your immediate future, the chocolate is still hard to snag.