Locally-grown beans, a touch of ghee, filter coffee, all wrapped up in Kanjeevaram-inspired packaging—Soklet, the country’s only tree-to-bar brand is as local as it gets. “It all began with my brother-inlaw Harish Manoj, 44, who has been growing cacao in Pollachi for over ten years,” says Karthikeyan Palaniswamy, 42. They started work with a US-based chocolate maker to improve the quality of the beans at a ground level. It was early last year that they hit the stores with a cooking chocolate bar under the parent company name Regal Chocolates and began reaching out to chefs across the country for feedback. Following this, Soklet, the edible bars were launched, taking its name from how a Tamilian would say the word ‘chocolate’. Available in five unflavoured variants and five flavoured ones as both dark and milk chocolate, Soklet is instantly recognisable by its packaging that uses common kanjeevaram weave patterns designed by Sujini Meiyappan, 37. A quintessential filter kaapi bar with chicory, bhut jolokia with himalyan salt and coconut Crunch with coconut milk and sugar make up the flavoured range on offer.
Harish Manoj (left) and Karthikeyan Palaniswamy AT Major retail stores in the city and AmazonPRICE `200 a meal onwards