press releaseClonakilty Chocolate relaunching as Exploding Tree
- with extended vegan range.
Exploding Tree, formerly Clonakilty Chocolate, announces the launch of newest addition to their range: Creamy Oat, a dairy-free alternative to traditional milk chocolate. Exploding Tree are Bean-to-Bar chocolate makers in Clonakilty, West Cork, and we are blazing a trail for healthier, conscious chocolate in Ireland.
Exploding Tree’s ‘Creamy Oat’ DAIRY-FREE chocolate is a great alternative for vegans and healthy eaters, naturally free from lactose, nuts, soy and gluten. It’s rich and creamy texture delivers a comforting and luxurious milk chocolate sensory experience.
Allison, chocolate maker and founder of Exploding Tree explains her recipe. “To make our new Creamy Oat bar, I developed a means of stone grinding whole creamed Irish oats into our roasted and nibbed Fairtrade cocoa beans. We add Fairtrade coconut sugar, refine and conch over three days for a smooth and creamy texture. We then age, temper and mould into bars. We choose to use coconut sugar, a natural and nutrient rich alternative to refined sugar, because it gives the bar a hint of caramel. We're the first in Ireland to make an Oat 'Milk' alternative bar, and one of very few globally. Our customers absolutely love it!”
Exploding Tree's cocoa beans are grown by Fairtrade farming co-operative Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, West Africa, then shipped to their garden Bean-to-Bar micro-factory in West Cork, Ireland. The Cacao Tree’s Latin name Theobroma literally means “Food of the Gods.” This has inspired Roberts' over her 2+ decades working with chocolate to create products that showcase the goodness of cacao. Both in terms of taste and nutrition, her new Creamy Oat bar is another realisation of that journey.
The Exploding Tree vegan range now includes eight chocolate bars all with healthier natural sweeteners (primarily coconut sugar) with top sellers like Salt & Seaweed and Garden Mint. These bars sit alongside their hugely popular Cocoa Husk Tea, also vegan friendly. The new bars are wrapped in beautiful card sleeves that depict Clonakilty's high-street and are made from post-agricultural waste. It's this kind of attention to detail that sets Exploding Tree apart.
Roberts continues, "I've been thinking and experimenting with dairy alternative bars for years now. My son is lactose intolerant so, when he started drinking milk at age two, we got into drinking oat milk. The oats add a deliciously nutty sweetness to the chocolate, but with none of the dairy aftertaste you get with a milk chocolate - just a beautifully clean, smooth finish. It's taken a year to perfect and I'm delighted with it!”
The bar retails between €4.15-4.75 and can be purchased in local independent shops nationwide as well as through the company's online shop. Unwrapped Creamy Oat is available at Twig Refill, Clonakilty and The Filling Station, Galway with more refill store locations to follow.
The new bar and brand will be launched with a series of special events during Fairtrade fortnight (Feb 24th – Mar 8th) including an 'open studio' day at the factory.