The Guittard 25 lb. L'Etoile du Nord 64% semi-sweet wafers have been carefully made from bean to cocoa, crafted with generations of French artisan chocolate-making experience. With light, spicy notes that lead into warm, rich chocolate overtones and complex after notes of sun-ripened cherries, these wafers are made with all-natural ingredients to showcase the natural terroir and post-harvest practices. When making these wafers, Guittard only uses a special blend of Fair Trade certified cacao beans with respect to Mother Nature, transforming the natural beauty of cacao into uniform chocolate discs. For further improvements on their chocolate's flavor and quality, Guittard continuously works with the government and local organizations in the cacao's country of origin, protecting the natural flavor profiles of the regions' cacao to ensure the unique taste and aroma for all of their chocolates.
Monitoring every step in the chocolate making process is essential for Guittard as they pride themselves on achieving the most natural flavor profile, ensuring eco-friendly and long-lasting growing practices, and equality for all of their growers. For the L'Etoile du Nord wafers, Guittard chose the two specific cacao bean varietals of Forastero and Trinitario, with their roots growing in West Africa and South America. Guittard then invests in various ways of naturally fermenting cacao beans to develop certain flavor characteristics, and then sun drying beans that are specifically raked in traditional drying patterns. From there, the beans are shipped to Guittard's state-of-the-art headquarters in California to finish the carefully curated process of turning naturally grown cacao into Guittard's famous chocolate.
Essential for any bakery, chocolate shop, or restaurant, cafe, and gelateria that uses the finest products, these wafers are more than an ingredient: they are the multi-dimensional element that takes your recipe to the next level. Temper these wafers to create the perfect set, snap, and shine to coat your truffles, fresh fruits, or to create chocolate masterpieces to adorn cakes or make into showpieces. Melt the wafers to use as an ingredient when baking airy souffles, spongy cakes, rich ganache, silky pastry cream, or smooth ice cream. Or, roughly chop these wafers for the ultimate chocolate chunks to fold into your batters for signature, premium baked goods.
For five generations, Guittard has been endlessly evolving their artisanal craft to bring the most flavorful, sustainable, and socially responsible chocolate to the industry. During the California Gold Rush in the mid 1800's, Etienne Guittard discovered the demand his chocolate garnered among the wealthy chocolate miners and, with his newfound passion, grew his business into a leader in the chocolate industry. Through their stewardship, Guittard has donated funding, time, and product to community projects across America, worked to continually reduce their environmental impact, and empowered their cacao growers in order to obtain a chocolate that contains optimal flavor, quality, and value. At Guittard, their chocolate not only enhances flavor profiles, but helps them unite the world through social responsibility, sustainability, and equality. It's true what they say: chocolate cures all.