The spirited and driven couple behind the brand is the key ingredient that makes Bon Fiction superior to any other chocolate. They were determined to create the finest chocolates from cacao that was grown, fermented and crafted completely in India. “We constantly asked ourselves every time we came up with something ‘Is this a chocolate we would buy again if we ate it somewhere else’ and that has been the guiding light that helped us in our multiple experiments to craft Bon Fiction.” is what the two candidly say when asked about what pushed them. Akhil and Prathina have always had a keen interest in the agricultural industry having grown up around the fertile region on the banks of the river Godavari. Their family-owned plantations became the perfect launch pad for their dreams when they decided to tap into the infinite potential the agriculture sector held. It is a well-known fact that India is an agrarian economy yet there is a huge demand for the skilled usage and application of the crops cultivated. India produces large quantities of cacao yet there is a dearth of good chocolate made on Indian soil as most people always import chocolates from abroad or wait for a family member or friend to bring it from their trips to exotic locales. The entrepreneur duo are devoted to bridge the gap between the cultivation of cacao and the manufacturing of high-quality chocolate with their brand Bon Fiction.
Bon is the French word for “Good” and just as the name suggests Bon Fiction is good quality chocolate that will swiftly do away with your need to buy foreign-made chocolates when you can purchase these delectable bars within India. 300 trials went into coming up with 14 unique chocolate flavors that promise to invigorate the senses. Akhil and Prathina both have a background in business and management but were keen to build something of their own that excited and challenged them. They began the Bon Fiction voyage by attending lectures and training in the chocolate making while also educating themselves on the machinery that would be needed to ferment and treat the cacao to turn it into chocolate. Their initial experiments were carried out by just the two of them as they labored to learn the ropes of fermenting and processing the cacao bean and as they made progress their team also grew. They finally created 14 distinct and delightful flavors by combining unique ingredients with the cacao they source exclusively from around the Godaveri region. It took the team almost three years of acquainting and gaining mastery over each step involved in the tree to bar cycle to identify the most optimal conditions to create high quality chocolate from Indian cacao. Prathina holds a level 2 certification as a chocolate taster from IICCT that gives her the technical edge while assessing their products for quality control.
The best of ingredients backed by the best of tech and the very best team have come together to gift the world Bon Fiction. The ethos of the brand is to create sustainable systems where the farmers that cultivate their cacao are fairly remunerated for their hard work. The chocolates use completely natural ingredients and are perfect for today’s highly aware and educated consumer. Bon Fiction is a labor of love that promises to bust the myth that good international quality chocolate cannot be made in India. Sink your teeth into a bar and learn for yourself.