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Haigh’s the Bean to Bar Process

Haigh’s Chocolates source the world’s best cocoa beans to make their famed range of premium chocolate.

Often referred to as ‘the food of the Gods’, chocolate is one of the culinary world’s true marvels and it has delighted mankind for centuries. The Olmec people in the southern part of what is now Mexico, the Mayan civilisations and the Aztecs all enjoyed cocoa before introducing it to the Spanish at the start of the 16th century.

The actual process of taking the fruit of the cocoa pod and turning it into chocolate has changed very little from those ancient times. Technology has seen advancements in the processing, but the overall process is essentially the same.

The bean is removed from the cocoa pod, sun-dried and then transported to a factory where it goes through a series of processes before eventually forming a silky, smooth liquid chocolate – the perfect base to make a range of delicious chocolate products.

The best ingredients

At the heart of this process is the fact that the best beans make the best chocolate. Haigh’s Chocolates source premium quality cocoa beans from the best cocoa growing regions around the world. 

In 2014, Haigh’s was the first Australian owned chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for the use of ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans with 80% of its range UTZ certified. As it endeavours to achieve 100% certification, Haigh’s still leads the way for sustainable production with a supply chain spanning cocoa-growing countries from West Africa to South America.

Haigh’s Chocolates not only sources premium cocoa beans, they also process them in their own factory to make their range of premium chocolate products, which they then sell exclusviely in their own retail stores.

This dedication to a true bean-to-bar process means Haigh’s can guarantee the utmost freshness and quality of their chocolate. Venture into a Haigh’s store in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or shop online, and sample their delicious products, which includes their limited release Single Origin range.

Like wine grapes, cocoa beans have flavour characteristics unique to variety and area of origin. Haigh’s Chocolates Single Origin is made from cocoa beans sourced from a single location. Try one and discover the true bean-to-bar difference.

View the range instore or at haighschocolates.com

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Haigh’s Chocolates – a legacy of quality
Over 100 years ago, Alfred Haigh had grand plans for his new business, but he never would have dreamed of the love the world has developed for his family’s chocolate.  While wine-lovers know South Australia as the home of multi-generational family-owned wineries – Yalumba , Henschke , d’Arenberg , to name a few – for chocolate lovers, the state is synonymous with the multi-generational Haigh family. Today, Haigh’s is in the hands of the fourth generation and in 2015 celebrated its centenary – one of only a few Australian enterprises to have family maintained continuity for 100 years. Beehive Beginnings
The first Haigh’s store opened in Adelaide’s historic Beehive Building in 1915, the dream of Alfred Haigh. Having been a confectioner’s shop, the business came with the former owner’s equipment, moulds, recipes and books – everything a budding self-taught confectioner needed to perfect his craft. Following Alf was his son, Claude, who kept the business humming through the trials of the Depression and war years, while also establishing a name in the thoroughbred racing industry. The 1950s saw Claude’s son John take over after a stint working at Lindt & Sprüngli in Switzerland. This experience was invaluable for both John and Haigh’s, as on his return, he set about revamping the family’s chocolate-making operations. John has been succeeded by his sons, Alister and Simon, who continue the family tradition of producing premium chocolate and expanding the company’s retail network, selling Haigh’s products all over Australia. A caring approach With an eye to Haigh’s continuing well into the future, the family is committed to the environment and sustainability. As such, 80% of its cocoa beans are UTZ-certified , which ensures traceability back to the grower and a fair return for producers and improving the lives of the farming community. The family also prides itself on its cultural, philanthropic and conservation work. So next time you’re savouring a Haigh’s truffle, relishing an Easter bilby or luxuriating in their Original Fruit Chocolates, consider the legacy of quality behind every bite. View the range instore or at  haighschocolates.com.au
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Matching wine with Haigh's chocolate
Words by Paul Diamond on 29 Nov 2017
Individually, wine and chocolate are highly desired treats, but when brought together in a complementary pairing, they can transport your tastebuds to new and exciting places. This Christmas, we have teamed up with Australia’s most respected chocolate producer to bring you some matches that will have you wishing it was Christmas every month of the year! And, we're happy to announce an exclusive offer for Wine Selectors members and Selector readers. When you spend $75 or more with Haigh's online and use the code SELECTOR17, you'll receive a free packet of Milk Chocolate Frogs! Find out more below . Match 1: Shiraz and Haigh’s Dark Chocolate (50%+)
The fruit intensity and medium to full bodied nature of Shiraz make for a rich and mouth-filling combination. The key is starting with a chocolate with over 50% cocoa content and matching the general fruit flavours of the wine to a complementary chocolate flavour. Our Pick : Primo Estate Shiraz 2016 and Haigh’s 100g Dark Cardamom Tablet Tasting note : This match is mind blowing! The dark chocolate and the fruit intensity of the McLaren Vale classic from Primo Estate are perfectly weighted together, but what makes this match is when the mocha, plum and pepper flavours of the wine meet the cardamom flavours in the chocolate.  Boom! Match 2: Cabernet Sauvignon and Haigh’s Dark Chocolate (60%+)
For some reason, Cabernet and dark chocolate always works, and if there was going to be one generic chocolate and wine suggestion, it would be this one. Because Cabernet Sauvignon is generally full-bodied, it needs to be matched with intense flavours, so turning up the cocoa content in the chocolate is key. Our Pick: Rosabrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Haigh’s 100g Costa Rica Single Origin Dark Chocolate Tasting note : This is a decadent, seductive match! This premium Cabernet from Margaret River has plenty of dark berry intensity that matches the chocolate perfectly, but there is an extra sweet raspberry lift to the wine that adds a lovely complement to the bitter flavours of the chocolate. Match 3: Pinot Noir and Haigh’s Dark Ginger
Pinot Noir is a soft varietal with delicate tannins , so matching it to chocolate can be challenging. But when you get it right, the results are amazing. Less about texture/weight matching, pairing chocolate to Pinot is all about complementary flavours. Our Pick : De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2016 and Haigh’s Dark Ginger Tasting note: This is crazy delicious. We stumbled onto this match, as ginger was not on the radar when tasting chocolates for Pinot. The ginger is soft, creamy, sweet and a little spicy and it worked so perfectly with the soft, earthy red fruits in this Pinot. When you think about this match, it makes little sense, but when you taste both together, it makes for a heady, seductive and exotic match. Match 4: Pinot Gris and Haigh’s Dark Champagne Truffle
Softer and more textural than its crunchier, crispier Grigio cousin, Pinot Gris is a great varietal for chocolate matching with chocolate. Generally low in acid with soft pear, florals and citrus, Gris works well with milk driven and fruit confected chocolates. Our Pick : Lisa McGuigan Pinot Gris 2015 and Haigh’s Dark Champagne Truffle Tasting Note : Hard to stop at one! This Haigh’s Dark Champagne Truffle is incredible and will work with a range of white wines, but we found that the soft lemon, pear and granny smith apple fruits are the best combo for the creamy balance between the Champagne cream and the dark chocolate coating. The dusting also adds a nice sweetness to the whole picture. Dangerously delicious. Match 5: Chardonnay and Haigh’s Dark Orange Slices
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