You’ve probably heard of chocolate laced with chiles (and likely even eaten some) — but what about chocolate made form camel’s milk? Soon, chocolate addicts with adventurous palates will have the opportunity to try the world’s first camel milk chocolate. Reuters reports that Dubai confectioner Al Nassma, which claims to be the first chocolate made with camel milk, plans to launch the product first in Saudi Arabia, followed by Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United States within the next few months. Al Nassma is also in talks with British department store Harrods and San Francisco’s Chocolate Covered to sell its products.
Founded and owned by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Al Nassma was formally established in October last year and aims to produce 100 tons of premium camels’ milk chocolate a year. The chocolates are made without preservatives. The company also uses locally grown spices, nuts and honey.
“We aim to be the Godiva of the Middle East,” the company’s general manager, Martin van Almsick, said. He cites numerous benefits of camel milk, including more vitamin C than cow milk, less fat, less lactose, and more insulin, which makes the chocolate a better option for lactose intolerant and diabetic consumers.
From the Al Nassma press release:
Al Nassma – the brand name of this extra-ordinary chocolate has been chosen with care. It has its roots in the Arabic language and depicts a seasonal breeze which brings respite to the people of the desert. In the same way this breeze indulges people in the desert, Al nassma chocolates aims to indulge your senses. Al Nassma Chocolate LLC, the manufacturer of Al nassma, the first and finest camel milk chocolate, is headquartered in Dubai in Umm Nahad adjacent to Camelicious, the sole supplier of camel milk to Al Nassma. For this exceptional project, professionals from around the world joined in to create an innovation 133 years after milk chocolate was invented.
I probably would give it a whirl. How bad could it be? Plus I really like the name of the camel farm – Camelicious.
Would you try it? What if I could get my hands on some? Would you come to a camel-chocolate tasting?
Why not? I’ll try it. It’s just milk.
I’d be willing to give it a try, sure. I’ve eaten weirder chocolates than that, I think. (Current faves are dark chocolate with chilies & dried cherries and milk chocolate with sea salt and almonds.)
Heard about this on MNBC. Sounds interesting and I would try it, I am a chocolate lover. The antibodies that are in the camel milk would add to the consumer eating their chocolate and it being good for you. Also, love the name of the farm Camelicious.
@ Karen – glad you found my blog! Actually, it was the name “Camelicious” that made me want to write about the chocolates in the first place! Everything else just snowballed…