Jinji Chocolate – Belvedere Square
Jinji Chocolate – Belvedere Square

Looking for something sweet to bring to a Christmas get together? Look no further than Belvedere Square for some of the most interesting (and heart healthy) chocolates in the city.

Pure chocolate by Jinji was founded in 2012 by Jinji Fraser, and her father, Guy. Since the beginning, the priority has been maintaining a high level of sensitivity to the farmers who grow & harvest the cacao, and to the earth that yields the fruits. Along with local, seasonally selected ingredients, the chocolates also pay tribute to the ancient art of storytelling, creating rich flavor profiles that are both complex and memorable.

Jinji Chocolate – Belvedere Square
Jinji Chocolate – Belvedere Square

“Each chocolate they create tells a story. Beginning by focusing on a specific memory, event or emotion,” the website says, “and we work with that moment until we can taste it. Then, the crafting of our next piece of chocolate starts. We select the purest ingredients we can find to tell our stories, working with local farmers when we can, to transport you to the place we began. In doing so, a community is created amongst us, where through these flavor profiles we understand one another’s personal experiences and collective visions.” Fraser keeps a cerebral blog of these stories, and at the bottom of each new post, lists the ingredients of the story in the footnotes.

In order to preserve the integrity of the chocolates, they are each handcrafted, and free from dairy, gluten and all refined sugars.

Read that again. No refined sugars.

Today, you can find a full selection of Jinji chocolates at their retail shop at Belvedere Square, including pralines, barks, fudges, truffles, chocolate sauces, and many more creations.

Isn’t it ironic? Chocolate may be the only thing you eat this Christmas without refined sugar.

Learn More about Jinji Chocolates on their website: jinjichocolate.com

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.

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