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Insider: Chocolate made at a farm near you — in Sudbury

Tom and Monica Rogan started producing chocolate bars last year at Goodnow Farms.
Tom and Monica Rogan started producing chocolate bars last year at Goodnow Farms.
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Most folks who adore chocolate don’t end up deciding to make it themselves. But such is the devotion and commitment of Tom and Monica Rogan, chocolate lovers both, who started producing rich tasting and incredibly smooth bars last year. In 2015, the couple bought an old farmhouse in Sudbury and built a modern chocolate-making kitchen adjacent to the barn on the property. They traveled to Mexico and Central and South America to learn about and identify those small cacao bean growers and processors they wanted to work with. To make the best tasting chocolate, says Tom Rogan, “You have to start with great beans.” Each of the company’s single-origin bars — using specifically chosen beans from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru — reflects the nuances of that region’s cacao, with subtleties such as blackberry, raisin, mango, citrus, and fig. Made with just cacao beans, organic sugar, and a little extra fresh-pressed cocoa butter folded in for luxurious smoothness, this is fine chocolate meant to be savored. ($8 to $9 for 1.94-ounce bar)

Available at Wasik’s Cheese Shop, 61 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-0916; Duck Soup, 365 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 978-443-3825; Fastachi, 598 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, 617-924-8787 (and 83 Charles St., Boston, and opening in November, 24 Church St., Wellesley); www.goodnowfarms.com