The inspiration behind Conexión Chocolate grew when after years of working side by side with some of the most respected international professionals in the chocolate industry, Conexión Chocolate Founder, Jenny Samaniego, realized the needs and struggles of the Ecuadorian cacao farmers, who were producers of some of the best cacao in the world, and yet they were unable to find a market for their produce in the fine chocolate industry abroad which also had a lack of association to origin. In her heart, Jenny knew she needed to be their conexion.
The journey that led to Conexión Chocolate becoming a reality was difficult and exhausting but at the same time, exciting and rewarding. In 2011, Jenny founded her first company, Cocoa Provisions, which continues today, working shoulder to shoulder with the small-scale cacao farmers, bridging small batch, single origin cacao to the chocolate makers of the world. In 2013 the journey continued as Jenny launched her second company, Chukulat, and began making her own artisan chocolate couvertures in a heavily male dominated market.
In 2016, Jenny returned to Ecuador to deepen the principles of sustainability, traceability, and transparency. She rebranded as Conexión Chocolate, tantalizing the world with incredible organic, single origin, virgin/raw and roasted couvertures. In 2017, Conexión Chocolate’s first chocolate bars rolled into the market and by the end of 2018, they had won 19 national and international awards.