Everyone loves chocolate, including us folks in Jamaica. A quick fact – did you know that chocolate first originated in the Caribbean? And that the cocoa tree only grows 20 degrees north and south of the equator? We didn’t know this until a friend of ACE, Bruce, started teaching us all about chocolate and its origin.
You see, Bruce is a confectionary consultant with many years of experience in the chocolate industry, and God just happened to get him to Jamaica with his Philadelphia church team to visit us. It wasn’t until he was halfway through the week that Bruce began to share his knowledge and love for sweets.
Jamaica, in past years, was known for exporting chocolate to countries like the U.S. and U.K. for many years. In fact, even on a small scale, chocolate is still made and sold today. In an ongoing effort to create jobs for our Nationals in St. Mary, ACE has decided to explore the possibilities of making our own G.B. (Galina Breeze) Bars.
What does that look like? Initially, we must purchase the equipment and materials to begin making our 2-oz bars. After attending a fast course in Atlanta a few weeks ago with Bruce and the vendors who sell the equipment, we came away with amazing information on the complex way chocolate is made. In addition, we learned that by starting on a small scale, we have plenty of business already just locally! Would you like to be involved in this program? If so, contact us for details.
Currently, the plan is to hire two single mothers from our sponsorship program and train them to be chocolatiers! (smile). We hope it will be a sweet deal for all of us at ACE and the community.