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About us
Clean eating need not be boring; our range of chocolates and nut butters are delicious & 100% preservative free.
Our Products

* Bean-to-bar *

Chocolate making is a sensitive and laborious process with a lot of Goldilocks rules (things have to be just right) and at Melt, we pride ourselves on controlling every aspect of it.

Our first step is working with cacao farmers from Vietnam as they are one of the best in the world. In India, we work with cacao farmers from Kerala. We taste the raw beans (which are as bitter as a washed-up reality star, let us tell you!) and with our oversight, the beans are fermented in wooden crates with banana leaves.

The beans are then dried in the sun until they are completely moisture free – think an open field in May, that’s how dry we are talking.

Based on the initial taste test, Thamarai, our chocolate maker, would have guessed the roasting time needed for each batch and will hand-roast small batches in varying temperatures until she teases out the perfect chocolatey aroma.

The roasted and cooled beans are cracked into nibs. We aim for a sustainable business model with zero wastage and zero impact on the environment, so the shells that are winnowed after we crack the beans are used for herbal teas.

The nibs are ground for 36 to 48 hours at our factory in Chennai and the result we get is chocolate liquor – a gooey wonder that is exactly as delicious as it sounds filled with the goodness of cacao butter and the seductive allure of liquid chocolate.

Thamarai, our chocolate maker, works her magic until the chocolate liquour reaches its destiny as a chocolate bar with the perfect taste, snap, mouth feel (yeah, it’s not the best way to describe chocolate but hey, that’s what the experts look for) and melt. She does this by pouring the mass of chocolate liquor in a temperature controlled room and tempers it until it is just right.

* No Preservatives *

If you care about your health, learn to read the ingredients label. You’ll be shocked to see that the first ingredient in most mass-produced chocolates will be sugar even before cocoa solids. The same when it comes to nut butters – often they’ll list the nut, corn syrup and sugar along with many other ingredients you can’t even pronounce.

A good rule of thumb most clean eaters follow is that if they can’t pronounce an ingredient, they don’t put it in their body. We follow the same principle in our business because we believe health cannot be traded for a profit margin and that’s why all our offerings are free from refined sugar, preservatives, fillers and stabilisers. Our range of chocolates has an additional bonus of being vegan, soya free and gluten-free.

* No Preservatives *

If you care about your health, learn to read the ingredients label. You’ll be shocked to see that the first ingredient in most mass-produced chocolates will be sugar even before cocoa solids. The same when it comes to nut butters – often they’ll list the nut, corn syrup and sugar along with many other ingredients you can’t even pronounce.

A good rule of thumb most clean eaters follow is that if they can’t pronounce an ingredient, they don’t put it in their body. We follow the same principle in our business because we believe health cannot be traded for a profit margin and that’s why all our offerings are free from refined sugar, preservatives, fillers and stabilisers. Our range of chocolates has an additional bonus of being vegan, soya free and gluten-free.

* Founder *

Thamarai has always had a passion for food. At 21, she began making chocolate using couverture which is baking chocolate. This bored her and soon she taught herself to make chocolate from scratch and later also completed an international course in chocolate making. Her chocolates gained a cult following with her friends and family and thus Melt was born.

We have a dedicated factory for Melt in Chennai on East Coast Road and currently, Thamarai our sole chocolate maker, controls everything from the beans to hand roasting and tempering the chocolate herself.

* Our Cacao *

Our cacao beans sourced from Vietnam and Kerala are some of the best beans in the world. In addition, we don’t separate cacao butter from the beans when we make our chocolate. We retain all of the cacao butter goodness so our chocolates will melt in your mouth. Good quality cacao beans contain 40% to 50% cacao butter.

The percentage in a chocolate bar refers to the % of cacao in it. Our 72% Dark Chocolate bar is 72% cacao goodness (cacao beans + cacao butter) and 28% sugar.
When it comes to sweeteners, we choose between coconut, palm, brown, muscovado or refined sugar (only for the 48% milk chocolate) to enhance the flavor profile of the chocolate. Our vegan coconut milk chocolate made with coconut milk is sweetened with coconut sugar to enhance the velvety taste. Our chocolates are completely gluten free and soya free so you can now indulge with no guilt.

* Our Cacao *

Our cacao beans sourced from Vietnam and Kerala are some of the best beans in the world. In addition, we don’t separate cacao butter from the beans when we make our chocolate. We retain all of the cacao butter goodness so our chocolates will melt in your mouth. Good quality cacao beans contain 40% to 50% cacao butter.

The percentage in a chocolate bar refers to the % of cacao in it. Our 72% Dark Chocolate bar is 72% cacao goodness (cacao beans + cacao butter) and 28% sugar.
When it comes to sweeteners, we choose between coconut, palm, brown, muscovado or refined sugar (only for the 48% milk chocolate) to enhance the flavor profile of the chocolate. Our vegan coconut milk chocolate made with coconut milk is sweetened with coconut sugar to enhance the velvety taste. Our chocolates are completely gluten free and soya free so you can now indulge with no guilt.

* Our Nut Butters *

When Thamarai’s family adopted clean eating, they decided to include nut butters in their diet, but found that many nut butters on the shelf simply used cocoa powders and oils to fool the consumer into thinking it’s a “healthier” option. Never one to sit back and let someone else dictate the food that she or her family ate, Thamarai jumped into the nut butter making business and now Melt offers 6 nut butters and two spreads.
Like with our chocolate, we select the finest nuts, roast and stone grind them to give you jars of nutritious, high protein, scrumptious and smooth nut butters. We use our own high quality chocolate to give an added oomph to some nut butters.
So, whether you’re just starting out and are substituting almond butter on toast for your Pongal and Sambar or you’re a hard-core health nut (health nut, get it?), we have nut butters catered to your every need.
Some of our butters are sweetened with coconut sugar, but don’t worry, our added sugar is still much less compared to other brands. Plus, this would be a healthier choice for your children compared to the sugar loaded cereals that are marketed at them.