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Holiday Chocolates from Bean to Bar with Volo Chocolate Bean-to-bar makers Susan and Jeff Mall will guide us as we roast, crush, and winnow cacao beans into cocoa nibs. We'll the grind the nibs into cocoa liquor and refine with sugar to make chocolate. We'll be learning the science behind chocolate [...]
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Christopher Elbow & Torn Label Are Making a Chocolate-Inspired Beer Last year, Kansas City chocolatier Christopher Elbow developed a unique process for roasting cacao beans that distilled the flavor of a place into a chocolate bar. This year, however, in collaboration with Travis Moore, brewmaster at Torn Label Brewing [...]
The best places to get local chocolate and candy One of their special offerings is the Mystic Eyes bonbons (white, dark, and milk) that are the perfect spooky treat for Halloween. chocolatachocolate.com; Honeycreeper - Honeycreeper is a curated chocolate shop of specialty bean-to-bar chocolate and [...]
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Taste Test: To Save Cacao, Eat Craft Chocolate Whether you're reaching for Halloween candy, ice cream, fancy bars, or mousse, know that chocolate all comes from the same source: the cacao tree, also known as Theobroma cacao. The cocoa beans within the cacao pods that grow on these trees originate [...]
Michael Sacco spends most of his days with his team roasting, grinding, tempering and packaging every piece of chocolate made on the premises of ChocoSol, a learning community and chocolate social enterprise in Toronto that also grows ingredients... All told, ChocoSol makes 1. 4 tons of chocolate per month creating 10 or so different types of chocolates for eating and at least four Mexican-style drinking chocolates, in addition to roasting more than 1,200 pounds of coffee. On his latest visit in January, Sacco and Chrystal Porter, ChocoSol’s chocolatier, spent a day in the Central Valley of Oaxaca learning from Zapotec women how to make the traditional drinking chocolate, tejate, using a stone metate, a tool for...
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It is nigh impossible to tour Old Town and not run into a business in the likes of the Bean Cycle Roasters, New Belgium Brewing or Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, paragons of their respective brewing industries. However, it is not one that brews coffee, beer or tea, but chocolate. Nuance Chocolate is one of the only few—and growing—true bean-to-bar producers in the country. In this small classification of businesses, Nuance Chocolate stands out as one of the best. “We got the largest selection of single origin chocolate of any chocolate maker in the world,”Toby Gadd said. Before reaching this level, chocolate making was just a mutual interest for Toby and Alix Gadd. “My wife and I were kind of obsessed with the whole chocolate process,” Gadd said.
By now you’ve probably noticed the increasingly crowded shelves of chocolate at U.S. 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. Source: Storey Publishing, LLCOne way to navigate this sweet but intimidating little...
The latest in a long line of edible and inedible objects to get the pink treatment — including ceviche, cocktails, and entire restaurants — is chocolate. Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s largest producer of chocolate, claims to have invented an entirely new type of chocolate it calls ruby — and yes, it has a petal pink hue. As the Switzerland-based company’s CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique told Bloomberg: “It’s natural, it’s colorful, it’s hedonistic, there’s an indulgence aspect to it, but it...
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...
Photo by Ryan YoungPatricia Tsai at ChocoVivo“When I went down there, it was really an eye-opening experience,” recalled Tsai. “Because the way that they treat chocolate, it was truly food. It was a completely different mindset, so I think that’s why there was this shift in perspective.”Unlike the silky, sweet chocolate candy modern consumers are familiar with, the chocolate consumed by the Mayans was drunk like a cup of coffee. It was thick, dark and quite bitter, but provided a natural...