Located in Baltimore, Maryland at the historic Belvedere Square Market
PHOTOS & TEXT BY JINJI
Pure chocolate by Jinji was founded in 2012 by Jinji Fraser, and her father, Guy. Since the beginning, the priority has been maintaining a high level of sensitivity to the farmers who grow & harvest the cacao, and to the earth that yields the fruits. Along with local, seasonally selected ingredients, the chocolates also pay tribute to the ancient art of storytelling, creating rich flavor profiles that are both complex and memorable. In order to preserve the integrity of the chocolates, they are each handcrafted, and free from dairy, gluten and all refined sugars.
Today, you can find a full selection of Jinji chocolates at their retail shop at Belvedere Square Market, to include pralines, barks, fudges, truffles and many more novelty creations. Jinji chocolates are also available in limited supply at area restaurants, grocers and cafes.
who we are
jinji | chocolate maker
"I'm a storyteller with the very good fortune of using raw cacao as my medium. We practice daily, the suspension of judgment & expectation so that the power of the story can be delivered. Sights, sounds, touch, scent and taste all become my muse, giving flight to a very spirited chocolate journey."
GUY | chocolate maker
"My most exciting time at the shop is welcoming new customers. They usually come with high expectations to see if their experience with our chocolate reflects what they've read and heard. So many of them have become our veteran chocolate lovers."
JONATHAN | CHOCOLATE MAKER
"Making chocolate is not only a creative outlet, but an emotional one as well. The shop is my safe harbor, the chocolate is my reflection and for those who experience what I make, they are my witness."
STORYTELLING | INTERPRETATIONS
Each chocolate we create tells a story. We begin by focusing on a specific memory, an event or an emotion and we work with that moment until we can taste it. Then, the crafting of our next piece of chocolate starts. We select the purest ingredients we can find to tell our stories, working with local farmers when we can, to transport you to the place we began. In doing so, a community is created amongst us, where through these flavor profiles we understand one another's personal experiences and collective visions.
2016 October Story: ASPEN
Breckenridge, Colorado: Ever closer inching toward 14,000 feet along the continental divide, scrambling over loose rock--some as small as pebbles, others seem like boulders--trying to keep footing, step by step through the early Fall snow and ice. The air, which was at the start crisp, cool and refreshing has become sharp, thin and unforgiving. In the distance smoke billows from controlled flames, and suddenly, the earth blends with the sky, and the sky becomes the earth. The point of horizon disappears and we realize we are standing in the midst of majesty.
Flavor Notes: Smoke, Juniper Berry, Black Peppercorns, Winter Mint, Fir | Enrobed, topped with crushed coffee nib
WHERE TO FIND US
THE JINJI FLEET
- MOM's Organic Markets | Multiple locations in MD, VA, PA & DC
- Zia's Cafe | Towson, Md
- Artifact Coffee | Baltimore, Md
- Cafe Cito | Baltimore, Md
- Clavel | Baltimore, Md
- Catonsville Co-op | Baltimore, Md
- Neopol Savory Smokery | Washington, DC
- Purée Juice Bar | Bethesda, Md
- Eddie's of Mt. Vernon | Baltimore, Md
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Ordering | shipping policies
In order to protect our chocolates from mishandling and temperature fluctuations, we do not ship at this time. However, between our coolest months, November through April, we will make case by case exceptions. For more information, visit us at the shop or fill out the form below! We will get back to you soon.