As GOOD as GOLD, Auro Chocolate

Auro Chocolate

Started from a search of one’s spiritually and founded not just her passion but also the gold in chocolates. 

Auro Chocolate
Ms. Jackie Go

Back in 2010, during a difficult time Ms. Jackie Go was in pursuit of her higher being and at the same time was prospecting for the best cacao in the country. All along Ms. Nieva Cornejo was with her. She helped  looked for farmers and founded the criollo porcelana, the rarest variety of cacao in Davao. Yet farmers didn’t know its true value and the market was not in good shape they were cutting down trees. So they worked hand-in-hand with these farmers to restore cacao production. Bringing bean-to-barconcept to a whole new level. 

Despite their success in finding the gold of chocolate, they stopped after two years since chocolate making seemed to be just out of passion and not as a business. Though by fate they started the production again in 2014. Having the family involved, Ms. Kelly Go, the daughter of Ms. Jackie, together with Mark Ocampo as the Managing Directors of Auro today. Elevating tablea to a world class Filipino made product.

Auro Chocolate
Right to left: Ms. Xandra Rocha-Araneta, the host of the night, Mr. Mark Ocampo and Ms. Kelly Go.

Wondering what’s with the name Auro? They started, as Filipinas Oro de Cacao, Inc. but as a trade name, it is not catchy. They did some research and being criollo as the gold of cacao they used the chemical symbol of gold which is Au. Furthermore, “Auro” in Latin means gold.

Photo from Auro Chocolate

To date, Auro has five products divided in two varieties, the Dark and White. White has two kinds, 32% White Chocolate and 42% Milk Chocolate. The Dark has three kinds, 55% Light Dark, 64% Medium Dark and their coveted 77% Very Dark.

32percent auro chocolate

Auro also believes that chocolate is not just for dessert but as an ingredient in creating amazing dishes as well. So they showcased a very chocolatey Menu during the launch last Thursday, May 11th.

Jamon Serrano, 72% Dark Chocolate, Baguette
Taro chips, spiced white chocolate dip with goats cheese
Pumpkin Soup, White chocolate foam, chocolate liqueur dust
Seared Salmon, White Chocolate Cauliflower puree, Scallion oil, Tare
Slow Roasted Beef Belly, chocolate BBQ sauce, horseradish

And of course to end the night with lovely desserts made by amazing chefs.

Chef Miko Aspiras, had a live demo of his mouth watering desserts make with Auro chocolates.

Beyond bean-to-bar, Auro Chocolate.


Published by generosepomelo

Filipina travel agent turn travel writer / blogger / photographer.

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