New Chocolate Bar Funds Water Charity

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Éclat Chocolate Releases Stroud Chocolate Bar to Protect Clean Water

December 12, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, proceeds from the sale of a new chocolate bar will help protect clean fresh water around the world.

Éclat Chocolate, whose chocolates were named best in America by Bon Appétit, has released the Stroud Chocolate Bar to support the scientific research, environmental education, and watershed restoration work by Stroud Water Research Center. The world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of fresh water is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will receive half of all proceeds from the 72 percent-cacao chocolate bar.

The Stroud Chocolate Bar is available at and through Éclat Chocolate retailers.

Stroud Center Executive Director Dave Arscott said, “The Stroud Chocolate Bar is such an appropriate way for people to support clean fresh water given our recent work near Iquitos, Peru, to assess water quality in streams. DNA studies have confirmed that the pristine forest region of Iquitos, along the headwaters of the Amazon River, is the birthplace of the evergreen cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). Our work has shown that the Iquitos region is not only famous for supplying the original genetic stock of the cocoa bean but also for supplying clean fresh water to the Amazon. It is wonderful that the new chocolate bar will help support our efforts to conserve and restore tropical forest ecosystems and their streams.”

“We have always been a supporter of environmental and sustainable practices, as water quality affects all facets of ecosystems. Water conservation and protection is important to a sustainable planet and quality of life to the farmers that grow this amazing cacao, ” said Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtin.

(L to R) Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Christopher Curtin, and David Arscott, Ph.D. with the Stroud Chocolate Bar. Photo: Kristine Lisi

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About Éclat Chocolate
The award-winning chocolate company, Éclat Chocolate, is well known for its innovative products and dedication to sourcing the best ingredients locally and directly, whenever quality permits. Éclat Chocolate continues to value the importance of supporting numerous social programs around the world that help farming communities socially, environmentally, and economically.

Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtin shares through Éclat Chocolate and a team of trained chocolatiers his art and experience in traditionally handcrafted confections, located in the scenic Brandywine Valley.

Éclat Chocolate uses modern confectionary techniques that are blended with traditional methods to create fine, handmade chocolate and confections. The chocolate is sourced from suppliers and farmers that share the same philosophies as Éclat Chocolate. Direct sourcing and sustainability is not a trend but a tradition at Éclat Chocolate.