Whittaker’s add Zealong to choc line

Good tastes combine
Good tastes combine

Whittaker’s chocolate have added a pinch of local flavour into their downright delicious chocolate – new choc bars on the marketare  infused with Zealong tea from Gordonton.

Just days after its launch last week, Whittaker’s Artisan Collection is gaining a big tick with consumers and social media commentators alike.

Zealong Tea Estate’s black tea has taken its place in the family owned chocolate maker’s new range.

Zealong Tea Estate’s marketing manager Sen Kong says it’s a stunning result for the company, as it is for the other artisan producers who have been selected to be part of this next stage in Whittaker’s success story.

“We’re really excited by being able to get Zealong tea to the lips of chocolate lovers around the country. It’s great recognition of the quality of the tea we are producing in the fertile fields of the Waikato.”

Zealong has been collaborating with New Zealand’s premium chocolate-maker for the last year on the development of the new variety, one of six launched by Whittaker’s as part of a new Artisan Collection which seeks to present uniquely Kiwi ingredients to discerning consumers throughout the country.

The Artisan Collection is a range of six 100g blocks, featuring local ingredients sourced from equally passionate artisan producers around New Zealand and the Pacific.

Flavours include: Kaitaia Fire Chili Pepper Spice in 50% cocoa Dark Chocolate, Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle in 33% cocoa Milk Chocolate, Hawke’s Bay Braeburn Apple with Heilala Vanilla in 28% cocoa White Chocolate, Waikato Grown Aromatic Oolong Tea in 50% Dark Chocolate, Single Origin Samoan 64% Cacoa, and Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in 33% cocoa Milk Chocolate.

The chocolate feature new-look packaging featuring New Zealand iconography. Whittaker’s fourth-generation sibling duo Holly and Matt Whittaker, whose great grandfather James Henry Whittaker set up the chocolate company in 1896, are the faces of the range.

Here’s what they say about Zealong –

“Waikato Grown Aromatic Oolong Tea in Dark Chocolate Whittaker’s rich 50% Dark Chocolate infused with the delightfully delicate flavours of aromatic single source Oolong tea grown and processed by Zealong in the Waikato.

“Zealong is New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation, so we’re excited about matching our lovingly nurtured, handpicked, certified organic tea with Whittaker’s dark chocolate,” says Zealong International Sales Manager Sen Kong. “It’s pure NZ at its best and something a little different that we think Kiwis will love.”

Zealong is known as the world’s purest tea, as it is the only traceable one from soil to first sip.”

Yum.  Number 8 Network is a professional chocolate hound, and can’t wait to get… her teeth into a bar. Well done, guys!

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