Meet Nanay Victoria Moncal, tsokolate maker of Barangay Tabunakan, Miagao, Iloilo.

At 71, Nanay Vic continues to make tsokolate, truly a labor of love. In her spartan kitchen, she slowly roasts these Miagao cacao beans over firewood after which she peels the outer skin of these cacao nibs one by one. As if this tedious job is not enough, she must separate the hull from the seeds using a kararaw. Tahup we say.

Then Nanay Vic must have these cacao beans ground. Thank God, there is an electric grinder in her barangay. She then mixes the cocoa paste with muscovado sugar which she first turns extra fine on her metate, a heavy stone slab and pestle.

Now, it’s ready for molding using her metal sulputan to make those organic cocoa tablets that can be eaten raw as an energy booster or cooked in a little water to create that heavenly chocolate drink far more superior than any Milo, Goya, Swiss Miss or Hershey drink in a pack.

All this hard work for 35.00 per roll.

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