Eth­nic Flavours


India Today - - CHENNAI -

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

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