Magdalena Knows Chocolate
May 24, 2016 | By VACV |
Magdalena Fielden is a leading figure in the Grenadian chocolate movement. She shares her unique experience of the food industry that’s taking the world by storm, one bar at a time.
Why are you so passionate about chocolate?
I was born in Mexico. I remember my grandmother making amazing hot chocolate, cakes and chicken mole. After living in Grenada for many years and looking for new experiences for our guests at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, I asked Mott Green to share his story. That was the beginning.
What does Mott Green’s tree-to-bar legacy mean to you?
Mott had the vision of creating the first tree-to-bar organic, ethically produced and sustainable chocolate bar in the world. Mott put Grenada on the map.
Why is Grenadian chocolate so special?
The unspoiled ecosystem around the plantations help the final chocolate have fantastic notes and flavours. Grenada is one of eight countries where all the cacao production is “fine quality”.
What should we look for in next year’s Grenada Chocolate Festival?
We’ll see more workshops about chocolate and cacao. More participation from schools and farmers. One of the main goals of the festival is to create more farmers and chocolatiers in Grenada.
What was the inspiration for the new House of Chocolate?
After organizing the second Chocolate Fest and seeing all the enthusiasm, I felt it was necessary to have a place where we could continue to showcase Grenadian cacao and chocolate.
As a visitor, what will surprise me most?
The aroma of cacao, chocolate and spices. But also what it takes to produce an ethical bar of chocolate. You will never see chocolate the same way again!
Do you have a favourite chocolate treat we should all try?
Difficult question… I love it all, but probably the Grenada-style cacao tea with a scoop of our homemade nutmeg ice cream.