CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, and more CHOCOLATE!
If you’re a chocolate-lover like me, then I hope you have been to SPAGnVOLA (pronounced “spang-vola”) Chocolatier, in the Kentlands or National Harbor.
Founded in 2009 by Eric Reid (CEO), and head chocolatier Crisoire Reid, this dynamic duo has been putting out the finest single-estate chocolates, most unique bonbons, and tastiest truffles for the past 5 years.
The impeccable quality begins at the source. The cacao beans are harvested from the Reids’ farm on the mountain slopes of eastern Hato Mayor del Rey of the Dominican Republic. This area allows for the purest environmental conditions, resulting in the richest organic soil and plentiful rainfall. Once the cacao beans are ripened, they are hand-picked, fermented, dried and graded, and sent to the SPAGnVOLA factory in Gaithersburg, MD, for processing.
Once those precious cacao beans reach the factory, they are roasted, winnowed and refined into premium chocolate. The magic truly happens when Crisoire Reid, head chocolatier, couples the premium SPAGnVOLA chocolate with Caribbean Artisan blends to fabricate the finest decadent designs and aromas that are experienced when walking into once of their shops.
Do you like coffee and tea with your treats? They have delicious espresso and coffee drink, as well as fancy teas. Grab a friend, and head to SPAGnVOLA for a warm cup of coffee/tea, and a few bonbons to satisfy your chocolate craving! The employees are always helpful in describing the various options, so don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions!
Sustainable and Fair: Eric Reid believes in honoring and empowering his employees. Cacao farmers are encouraged to grow shade crops under the fruit trees for their own profit, in addition to their salary. In addition, cacao trees are grown without pesticides, ensuring their chocolate and employees are not exposed to harmful chemicals.
I have been given a very generous portion of SPAGnVOLA chocolates and am super excited to tell you all about them! Stay tuned for a follow-up post about how I ate my way through 36 bonbons & truffles, and 3 bars of pure single-estate chocolate.
Check out your local SPAGnVOLA, or online, for tasty holiday gifts for co-workers, clients, family, friends, teachers, lovers, trainers, hairdressers, dog walkers, etc.
SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier Locations
Kentlands: 360 Main St, Suite 100
National Harbor: 181 Waterfront St.
Have you ever wanted to see how all those fancy chocolates are made? SPAGnVOLA gives free Kentlands Factory tours of their chocolate-making, artisan-chocolate creation, and entire manufacturing process.