(Photo courtesy of Monsoon Chocolate)

Summertime Sweets & Drinks at Monsoon Chocolate Café

June 12, 2024
By Matt Sterner

On Monday, June 10, Monsoon Chocolate Café + Market, located at 3630 E. Fort Lowell Rd., celebrated its first anniversary. Just a month ago, the local chocolate factory known for its award-winning sweets celebrated its sixth anniversary in Tucson (the original location is on the corner of 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue).

It’s always a time to celebrate when chocolate is involved!

(Photo courtesy of Monsoon Chocolate)

This summer, Monsoon Chocolate Café + Market is remaining open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and unveiling new drinks and sweets.

There are a couple of new beverages to shine a light on including the Cacao Fruit Spritz. This one features Ecuadorian cacao fruit pulp from Hacienda Palo Santo in Ecuador and bitters from Mission Garden‘s Seville oranges.

“It’s a way to experience cacao in a different form than most people expect,” said Prab Virdee of Monsoon Chocolate. “It tastes like pineapple, pear, and apple, and is tropical, refreshing, and not too sweet.”

(Photo courtesy of Monsoon Chocolate)

Also, Monsoon Chocolate’s current rotating fruit cooler beverage features a blackberry lemongrass puree. “Fruity, balanced sweetness, and very refreshing as well,” Virdee added.  

The new bakery options include the Aleppo Pepper and Cheese Biscuit — this one’s served warmed up with spiced butter.

“Our new Cocoa Nib Coffee Cake is both vegan and gluten-free,” said Virdee. “It features a crunchy cocoa nib streusel on top of a spongy cake and it’s not overwhelming with sweetness.”

(Photo courtesy of Monsoon Chocolate)

So, stop by the Café + Market anytime between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you happen to visit them on the corner of Fort Lowell Road and Dodge Boulevard before 9 a.m. any day of the week, you’ll get 50% off your drip or iced coffee.

More Sweet News

In April, Monsoon Chocolate came out on top during last night’s annual Good Food Awards, winning in the chocolate category as well as for confections.

Monsoon Chocolate won for its Sonoran Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar and Reposado Sweet Orange Margarita Bon Bon.

The winners are all chosen through a blind tasting and sustainability vetting process (nearly 2,000 entries this year). This year’s winners “rose to the top based on taste, while also demonstrating an outstanding commitment to sustainable environmental and social practices.”

Monsoon Chocolate Café + Market is located at 3630 E. Fort Lowell Rd. The original location can be found at 234 E. 22nd St. For more information, visit monsoonchocolate.com and follow Monsoon Chocolate on Instagram.

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