Humans and camels have worked together for centuries. Ancient tribesmen not only used camels as beasts of burden but also benefitted from the nutritious milk they produce. Nomads drank the milk fresh, fermented it for storage, and sometimes made it into a type of cheese. In some cultures, it was used in cosmetics. But one thing early people never thought of doing was turning it into chocolate. If you know where to look, you can enjoy this unique new treat.
Camel milk differs in many ways from cow milk. While you don’t get all the benefits of camel milk chocolate, some of that goodness does come through. Camel milk has more vitamins and nutrients than cow milk, but what’s important about its use in chocolate is what it doesn’t have. Health enthusiasts will know well the benefits of chocolate. Of course, that means dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is known to be very unhealthy. But camel milk is low in fat and cholesterol. It also has a lower lactose content, so it’s possible that people with mild lactose intolerance will still be able to enjoy camel chocolate.
At the present time, camel milk chocolate isn’t something you’re going to find in your local convenience store. Unlike other products like camel milk or camel cheese, chocolate is less perishable so it can be more easily stored and shipped. However, the only company that makes camel chocolate is producing it as a luxury item. Dubai-based Al Nassma has been in business since 2008 but only recently has it been expanding is sales outside of the Middle East. Al Nassma partners with Camelicious, a producer of camel milk products. Milk from the Camelicious farm is shipped to Austria where it used to produce gourmet chocolate. The chocolate is then shipped to Dubai where it is molded and packaged. The final product is sold mostly in high-end malls and duty-free shops. It’s not yet sold in stores in the US, but it can be found in London at the luxury department stores Harrods and Selfridges. Al Nassma also ships internationally through its online A simple bar of chocolate might cost $10 USD, while a pack of camel-shaped chocolates go for around $35, too much of a luxury for most people. But the market for camel milk is growing, and once production methods catch up, it will become cheaper to make chocolate.