By Maya M. Padillo
Homegrown Malagos Chocolates bagged two bronzes at the 2017 Academy of Chocolate in London for its sweetened dark chocolates only two weeks after it won silver in the same competition for its 100 percent unsweetened dark chocolate under drinking category last June 5.
Malagos Garden Resort Marketing Coordinator Rhea Panares told media that Malagos Chocolate’s 65% dark chocolates and 72% dark chocolates also won bronze with other chocolate brands produced by different countries including Vietnam and Indonesia.
Also last June 5, Malagos chocolate bagged its second silver for its single-origin unsweetened chocolate, making it the only Asian country to win such award for this year.
Malagos chocolates already made name and recognized internationally like the Malagos 100% Premium Unsweetened Chocolate that was awarded Bronze Award by Britain’s Academy of Chocolate for the Best unflavoured Drinking chocolate category for year 2015. Other chocolate products are Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate (couverture) and the Malagos roasted cocoa nibs.
Panares also announced the improvements of the resort. She said more are guests coming in. Now they added accommodation for guests in group.
Malagos resort has opened the Chocolate Museum, an interactive cacao theme chocolate bar experience showcasing the process of chocolate making, how it was harvested, and how the beans were fermented.
The museum covers a floor area of about 280 square meters purposely designed for customers to see chocolate making in the plant. The museum consists of three parts: outdoor museum, chocolate interactive museum with the children’s zone, and the chocolate bar and laboratory when one can make their own chocolate (DIY).
The objective of the interactive museum is to share with everyone the Malagos chocolate candy bar experience as well as entice them to learn agriculture and planting cacao.
Malagos Chocolate spa is already operating and offering facial, hilot sa lana and luya. It is a wellness retreat where one can stay at the resort for two nights or three days for a full immersion of wellness using wastes such as cacao husks and shells of the beans to be used for massage and bath.