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Want the best chocolate money can buy? Follow these 3 steps to cocoa luxury

by Deena ShankerBy now you've probably noticed the increasingly crowded shelves of chocolate at grocers and specialty food shops, not to mention Amazon.com, ABC Carpet & Home, and Target.Once the domain of a few, craft chocolate, also known as bean-to-bar chocolate, has found its own niche in the foodie market. There are more options for chocolate lovers than ever before, and that makes the choices all the harder.One way to navigate this sweet but...

Q&A with Megan Giller, author of ‘Bean to Bar Chocolate’

CommentsPrintBy Michael Floreak Globe correspondent  September 13, 2017“Chocolate is chocolate is chocolate, right?” asks food writer Megan Giller. In her new book, “Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution,” Giller answers her own question — with a definitive no. Across more than 200 pages, the Brooklyn-based author chronicles an increasingly popular process that takes small batch producers from raw cocoa beans to finished single-source chocolate, a process that has...

Malagos chocolates–from tree to bar

The matriarch and farmer Charita Puentespina and son, chocolatemaker Rex Puentespina at their Cacao FarmInside the sprawling, lush grounds of Malagos Garden Resort in Barangay Malagos in Davao City is the first chocolate museum in the Philippines.It was built by the children of Bert and Charita Puentespina. The family grows chocolate—fermented, dried, sorted out, roasted and produced in their own farm.Mrs. Puentespina, one of the pioneers of orchid culture in the country, spearheaded cacao...

The Life Cycle Of Your Chocolate Bar

Tweet This(Credit: Matt Hawley)Melting chocolateConsumers worldwide eat a lot of chocolate every year—a staggering 7.3 million tons to be exact. Cocoa production has quadrupled since 1961, and Alice Korngold writes in A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems, “the industry forecasts 30 percent growth in demand, from 3.5 million tons of cocoa annually to more than 4.5 million in 2020.” The impact isn’t limited to economics. There are also social...