How to make chocolate from Cocoa beans shows the Oaxacan tradition of turning cocoa beans and sugar into chocolate. Some believe southern Mexico to be ...
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Geeks are using science to make the best chocolate ever A bean-to-bar chocolate maker sources whole cocoa beans and then roasts, grinds and smoothens them into chocolate in a single facility. They're engineers, creating chocolate from raw materials. "Roasts, grinds and smoothens" sounds easy, but in reality [...]
Lohmann: New Chesterfield 'beans to bar' chocolate makers putting their faith in the sweet taste of doing good This is the story of how the desire to do good led Steve and Kim Taylor to make something good: namely, chocolate. Touched by the stories of the victims of human trafficking, the Taylors came up with an unconventional way to help: Steve would leave his [...]
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Gourmet chocolate is creating a new economic lifeline for crisis-hit Venezuela Many gourmet bars made in the United States now prominently advertise the use of Venezuelan cocoa but generally mix in other less-desirable cocoas. Bars made in Venezuela, in contrast, are made with 100 percent local cocoa. This gives the new [...]
Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis Many gourmet bars made in the United States now prominently advertise the use of Venezuelan cocoa but generally mix in other less-desirable cocoas. Bars made in Venezuela, in contrast, are made with 100 percent local cocoa. This gives the new [...]
Andal Balu and Balu Balasubramanian are a botanist and chemist, respectively. Their Cocoatown machines are helping chocolatiers around the world perfect their craft. Photo: Trevor WilliamsWhen Andal Balu was a young girl in southern India, chocolate was a luxury. If a friend or relative brought a Five Star bar home, the kids would split it into small pieces for a few blissful moments of sweetness. Approaching 30 years living in metro Atlanta, Ms. Balu still knows how to savor chocolate, but...
Mhairi and Stuart Craig are originally from Scotland, but today they call the arts and crafts community of Arden, Delaware home.Mhairi, a registered nurse, had always had an interest in the relationship between diet and health. Stuart, with a doctorate in biochemistry, had spent a career in food and nutrition science. Both were satisfied in their careers, but were looking for something to do as a hobby.Along came chocolate-making and particularly, how to make dark chocolate with unrefined...
We were honoured to host two cocoa farmers from our sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, Cocoa Life, as well as Ghana’s Cocoa Life Director, on a four day visit to the UK in November. They got to see how their cocoa harvest is transformed into Cadbury chocolate and we got an insight into how Cocoa Life is helping whole communities to thrive. Without cocoa there is no chocolate. Without cocoa-farmers, there is no cocoa. Cocoa Life is addressing this very real threat by becoming a partner...
If you walk down the aisles of a grocery store this time of year, it's hard to miss the dozens of brands and boxes of hot chocolate beckoning as you pass by. They're hard to resist; I have at least two boxes in my cupboard from last year. The decadent drink evokes a sense of comfort and ease during these long, dark winter months. But Videri Chocolate Factory in Raleigh has a better alternative if you're seeking something familiar, yet somewhat new: cocoa tea.Enter the modern chocolate factory...