The Honeycomb Toffee bar combined 75% cacao from Belize with a homemade honeycomb, featuring honey from nearby Hollow Tree Honey. Another 70% cacao bar is infused with juniper and lavender, while the Pine Nut bar boasts 55% cacao and inclusions from the Pinyon pine woods – a tree native to the western US.
As Park City is a ski town, Ritual also introduced a S’mores bar made with 70% cacao, caramelized sugar and topped with a graham cracker crumble.
“We wanted to create a line of bars that was unique to our location,” said co-owner Anna Davies. “We have been working on these flavors for some time so we are excited to have these out in the world for people to enjoy.”
Each bar shows off the brand’s colourful packaging with a sophisticated gold-foil logo. Inside, the cardboard pack again highlights the mountainous region of Park City – as does the chocolate itself, which Ritual emblazons with the same geometric design of its logo.
Also for the holiday season, Ritual is offering a Mulled Wine bar with a proprietary spice blend and red wine from a local wine shop.
A decade of Ritual Chocolate
Davies and Robbie Stout started their chocolate company in 2010, with a mission to create ‘sustainably sourced, exceptional quality chocolate while celebrating the complexity of the cacao bean.’
Its classic line of 13 bars offers up high-cacao levels – upwards of 60% – in five flavors: Vanilla Bar, Novo Coffee, Fleur de Sel, The Nib Bar and Bourbon Barrel Aged. Ritual also focuses on single-origin chocolate from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Belize and Madagascar ($9-12).
In addition to the chocolate factory, which visitors can tour, Ritual runs a coffee shop in Park City – named a must-stop by Vogue and Bon Appetit. There, guests can try one of the company’s newest products: single-origin drinking chocolate from the same four countries it features in its bars. Guests can take home an 8oz bag for $16-17.
Ritual has earned several awards for its products, including from the International Chocolate Awards, the Academy of Chocolate, and the Good Food Awards.