The legend of the space dragon is not a well-known one. Historians believe that the first and last sighting of the space dragon dated back to 1507, the very same year that the Aztecs had their very last new fire ceremony to stave off the end of the world. It is believed that the Aztecs were worshipping a god by the name of Quetzalcoatl, a winged feathered serpent, also known as the space dragon. Legend of the space dragon travelled around the world and was depicted in art and folklore. For a very long-time worshippers believed that the space dragon was the only of its kind, that was until April 12th, 2019, when a small batch craft chocolate maker discovered a well-preserved nest of space dragon eggs. White, pink, purple, green, and yellow hues, with shimmering gold scales. They are things of beauty, highly valuable to its keeper. Unfortunately, these space dragon eggs were so old and became petrified from age, that the chocolate maker decided to sell them. It’s said that chocolate is also a plant from outer space, the Aztecs referred to it as Theobroma cacaoor “food of the gods”. The chocolate maker has made an astute discovery that the petrified space dragon eggs have actually turned into chocolate. This propelled the widely believed theory that space dragons sometimes ate their unhatched babies (they were vicious things after all). Who knows when the next space dragon will be sighted, we can only stare up at the sky, or delve deep into the sea and hope that one is meandering about, flapping its wings and crying out.
If you follow Kin+Pod’s social media closely, you may have noticed that I reference children’s novels and series often. I’m sure that you wouldn’t expect anything more form a millennial-run chocolate company/ grown-up’s version of a lemonade stand. Which is okay, the company will continue being run in it’s quirky fashion.
I have dreamed of owning a chocolate company ever since I was a child, and so it makes sense that I try to infuse it with a child-like sensibility. The entire process always brings me back to Frodo, Harry, or Charlie ( Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The idea of fighting through dark forests of rejection, or overwhelmed by the infectious poison of the price haters, distracted by all of the easy ways out. Trying to accomplish a seemingly impossible goal, with the intention of bringing awareness to social responsibility and ethical trading practises. Chocolate makers walk the line between enthusiasm for a wonderous journey and a scientific approach for the creations.
As we all grow up and grow older, we tend to move further away from our inner child, overwhelmed with the responsibilities and burdens that life often hands us. I’ve always believed that chocolate is a treasured break from our day, and a teleportation back to the creative, the imagination, the child. Although at Kin+Pod I craft sophisticated chocolate bars, I see it as a sort of bridge between the adult and nostalgia.
I’ve always idolized the authors of these books and their ability to bring light in the darkest of times. I think we all need a reminder that we can always take pause, there’s always time for a good laugh, we can always call a friend, or just eat a bit of chocolate.