Ghana is known globally for her gold, the Black Star and cocoa, which the legendary Tetteh Quarshie brought from the island of Fernando Po (now Bioko, Equatorial Guinea) in 1878.
Although not native to the country, Ghana has for over a century carved a respectable reputation worldwide as the producer of the finest quality cocoa beans.
The country is only second to its neighbour, Ivory Coast, in the production of cocoa beans with the two West African nations accounting for more than 65 percent of annual global output.
Now, apart from cocoa beans, Ghana is fast gaining popularity globally for some of the finest quality chocolate brands made exclusively with premium Ghana cocoa beans.
Here are a few cocoa-origin chocolate brands made in Ghana that you must treat yourself and loved ones to in keeping with the spirit of chocolate – Love – while also savouring the awesome nutritional benefits of cocoa:
1. De’Laugh Chocolates
Ida Dela Kuekey Austine is a co-founder and Technical Director of Delfi Ventures, manufacturers of De’Laugh Chocolates. She belongs to the third generation of a cocoa-growing family in Ghana.
Dela didn’t only inherit the family business of producing raw cocoa beans for sale, but acquired education (BSc. Biochemistry and MPhil. food science) “so I can come out and add value to my family’s farm produce”, she told Cocoa Post.
Dela took up appointments in Ghana’s chocolate industry, and for 13 years worked on several research projects that resulted in developing and launching new products including GoldenTree Aspire Sugar-Free Chocolate and later became the key person to kickstart the artisanal chocolate industry in Ghana.
Delfi Ventures, which Dela co-founded with her mother, Felicia Kuekey, in 2011 has on its chocolate product range De’Laugh Milk, Dark, Sugar-free, Vegan and Truffles.
Even more exciting in their product offering is what’s arguably Ghana’s first private Cocoa Museum and Chocolate Factory open to the public on holidays. But due to COVID-19 visitors are required to make prior bookings.
Sales outlets for De’Laugh Chocolates can be located at Delfi Ventures factory at Sakaman Junction Bus Stop, Rhema’s Couture and East Legon Boundary Road in Accra.