THE KRATH CHOCOLATE ("KHOFÚHSHÁTI")

DESCRIPTION - METHOD OF PRODUCTION - AREAS OF PRODUCTION
HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY - LORE AND LEGEND

The highly-prized confectionary Khofúhsháti (in Sarvonia mainly known as "Krath Chocolate") comes in a variety of shapes, kinds, flavours and sizes. The favoured Lillivear sweet is made from the yellow-green pods, which are the size of a six year old’s hand, hanging from the trunk and stems of the shághách tree. However, the final product, a richly flavoured brown bar whose shape and color fluctuates with the demands of the customer and the type of shághách tree the pods were harvested from, is quite different from the raw materials it is made of. Although it will definitely cost the customers an extra coin or two, some Lillivear manufacturers also practice a method to produce decidedly scented Khofúhshátí as well. Coffee and vanilla aromas are the easiest to generate and thus are the most commonly used fragrances.

A chocolate shop

View picture in full size Image description. The delicious contents of a chocolate shop selling an assortment of Krath sweets. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.

The most common translation for Khofúhshátí is “Merry Brown”. Nonetheless, a better paraphrase would be “Brown-thing-that-gives/bestows-merriness” since the actual word is composed of three shorter root words: Kho, which is the colour brown (Pronounced “cho” in Zhun and “khoh” in Krath); Fúh, a homonymic verb which, in this case, means “to give as a gift”; and Shátí, or “merriment”. Since Khofúhshátí is a compound word used as the name of another object, no “-“s are used to separate the roots.

Description. Depending on the kind – hot, mild or cold – and how intricate the design and decorations of the final product, Khofúhshátí bars range from the sturdy Khárá-khofúhshátí (“common Khofúhshátí”) or Díluyht-Kháré (“Commoner’s Delight”) to the easily broken LaeSdámání (“Richmen’s Treat”). Díluyht-Kháré is the name given to the crudest Khofúhshátí the Lillivear produce, round in shape and deep brown in colour, a whole pouch would cost a few woodcoins. Satirically enough, even these coins are carved from the trunk of the shághách tree or sometimes from the rippled outer layer of the yellow-green pods; both of which are by-products of Khofúhshátí production. Once an extra flavour, shape or scent is added to a bar of Commoner’s Delight it falls under the category of LaeSdámání. Vanilla is the preferred aroma of this price range. LaeSdámání, or Richmen’s Treat, is oftentimes accompanied by hot cream or coffee to bring out its rich vanilla scent and flavour.

Despite its easy transportation and storage, Khofúhshátí, regardless of amount, should not be exposed to high temperatures; or else the soft, brown substance will start to melt and will take a quite messy appearance and clammy feel. This is something to keep in mind while storing large quantities of Khofúhshátí, unless they are purposely served in a melted phase. Such servings are only common in Zhun and on certain bakeries, since the two tribes – especially the Lillivear – deem the consumption of pastries in large amounts very unhealthy. Even in Zhun, special care is given to the process to ensure that the Khofúhshátí is melted without any customer worries on cleanliness of the ovens exclusively designed for Erímíshzevh, Melted Joy. Most Lillivear will only consume this type of Khofúhshátí only during the Festival of the Merriment, a celebration dedicated to the warmth and joy generated by the sun.
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Method of Production. There are three main varieties of Shághách: Síríorá, Konto-árárá, and Trínítárá. Síríorá, “Forest’s Sun”, accounts for almost every nine Khofúhshátí bean out of ten beans the Lillivear harvest. Konto-árárá, “Forests’ Pride”, trees provide the rarest and most prized beans. They are sought after by the finest Lillivear Khofúhshátí makers for their aroma and delicacy. Finally, there is the Trínítárá, “In-between pride/Pride in between”, variety of Shághách trees, which is a cross between Síríorá and Konto-árárá.

After the hand-sized fruits are picked up from the trees, the rippled outer layer is stripped off by a knife. A short prayer of gratitude to the soil that harboured the tree and the hot sun that ripened the fruits is also recommended at this point. Chunks of the fibrous white pulp inside are also prized by those that cannot afford to buy the finished Khofúhshátí product. The pulp is said to be mild tasting, with a subtle, bittersweet chocolate flavour. Embedded in the pulp are dark, purple-coloured seeds that, after being dried and processed, Khofúhshátí experts have come to recognize as "merry beans".

There are seven steps to the making of Khofúhshátí: the selection of the beans, proper roasting, winnowing, squeezing, refining, tempering and packaging:

Exclusive pralines

View picture in full size Image description. Expensive, but irresistable: Exclusive pralines for the acquired taste sold in the Empire of Krath. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.

Areas of Production. The production of Khofúhshátí mainly remained on the core of the Grand Earth Empire of Krath, in the southwestern jungles, even after trade relations forged between Anis Anpagan and Zhun. Cusca is the only Zhunite city close enough to the jungles to import enough Shághách pods to support its own Khofúhshátí industry.

Khofúhshátí produced by the Shkárffýn family of Síhítárá, a Lillivear city located in the center of the peninsula famous for its confectionaries and glass manufacturing. The city itself is positioned on the riverbank with its northern territory facing the mountains and its eastern borders neighboring an Aesteran settlement across the river.

The city of Hootar, later the capital of the City States of Zhun, was one of the primary consumers of Khofúhshátí in the Empire. After the treaty of 2.673 b.S., which placed Anis Anpagan as a central trade partner, the Lillivear started to export large amounts of the product to eastern Nybelmar through the help of their new seafaring partner. However, fearing that the eastern empires would discover the secrets of Khofúhshátí making, they never got a stral close to selling anything other than the final product overseas – despite the pleas of Anpagan to import the raw materials involved. Up to this date, the Lillivear and the Zhunites have zealously held on to their recipes and methods of production.
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History of the Industry. The origins of this industry are not known among Sarvonian researchers. However, it would make sense that the Lillivear of southwestern Nybelmar have been practicing the trade for over four millennia, if large amounts of Khofúhshátí could be exported to Anpagan in the 2.600s b.S.

Whether or not there were any notable discoveries, breakthroughs, or innovations in the manufacturing process or the names and lives of famous inventors and experimenters are lost to the Santharian Compendium and not likely to be discovered in the near future if the Lillivear continue to be so secretive about their production. Return to the top


Lore and Legend. Zhunites believe Khofúhshátí to be an aphrodisiac while the Lillivear associate the confectionary with a joyous state of the mind. Priestesses of Ankriss use Khofúhshátí to treat their patients because of the "good feeling" that many people experience after indulging a piece of this candy. However, they also warn people that consuming large amounts of Khofúhshátí may result in restlessness. Zhunith Priestesses also assert that the consumption of Khofúhshátí has a positive effect on paying attention and staying alert. - Which ever side may be right, one thing is certain: Khofúhshátí is indeed a very merry sweet.
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