Category Archives: Chocolate

From cacao bean to chocolate bar

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Bean-to-bar chocolate Chocolate is one of everyone’s favorite sweets with its unique and complex taste of sweet, bitter, nutty and even fruity flavors. Chocolate is made from cacao beans, but those who only encounter the final product often forget that the beans come from fruit pods. A new movement in the chocolate world is the rise of craft chocolate makers… Read more »

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The Challenge of Sustainable Chocolate

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The long black pruning poles looked cumbersome. But the farmers moved quickly, swarming over the small plot of land and hoisting the poles up to slice through cacao branches with ease. On the bottom end of the pole was a small gasoline engine; on the top, a chain saw. Buzzing sounds mixed with the humming of insects echoing through this… Read more »

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Cadbury is testing a new plant-based version of its massively popular Dairy Milk chocolate bar as veganism sweeps the globe

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Vegan diets are on the rise, and food producers that aren’t making plant-based products are starting to take notice of this. Cadbury, one of the world’s best-known chocolate makers, is the latest company to jump on the trend by launching a new plant-based version of its Dairy Milk chocolate bar. “We’re always listening to our consumers, so we can develop… Read more »

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The Science Behind To’ak, The Most Exclusive Chocolate Bars on Earth

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To’ak, the Ecuador-based chocolate producer, might not be the most expensive chocolate maker on earth, but it’s certainly the most expensive one the average consumer has ever come across. The offshoot of a rainforest conservation project, the company was founded by Chicagoan Jerry Toth and Austrian native Carl Schweizer.  “Company” doesn’t do this outfit justice: with its small-batch, handmade product… Read more »

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Swiss Chocolate Giant Barry Callebaut Debuts Vegan Milk Chocolate Line

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Barry Callebaut—one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers—recently introduced vegan “Milk” Chocolate as part of its Plant Craft line. The company says the new chocolate has a traditional creamy milk chocolate flavor and texture and is made with “an ingredient of natural origin,” exclusively available to Barry Callebaut. It took the company’s research and development team two years to develop… Read more »

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Cocoa Cartel Is Less Bitter for Luxury Chocolate

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A new method for pricing cocoa will give a better wage to West African farmers. The downside may be more inequality between global chocolate brands. The chocolate industry faces higher input costs in the future, warned Martin Hug, chief financial officer of Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli, in a sales update this week. Last summer, the governments of Ghana and… Read more »

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Unilever introduces Magnum ice cream bars with ruby chocolate

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Unilever has launched new Magnum ice cream bars featuring ruby chocolate in a move to offer “the ultimate luxury ice cream experience”. Magnum Ruby Minis contain sweet cream ice cream that Unilever said allows the ruby chocolate coating to shine best. “As the chocolatiers of ice cream, we’re uniquely positioned to launch the first ice cream featuring this new chocolate… Read more »

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Delysia Chocolatier Awarded as a Top 3 Chocolatier in the Americas

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Delysia Chocolatier was awarded as a Top 3 Chocolatier in the Americas with the highest honor, Six Star Award: Grand Master by the International Chocolate Salon Awards for the 2019 Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America. The Austin-based chocolatier has been recognized as a Grand Master for four years running, and as a Top 10 Chocolatier in the Americas since… Read more »

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Ethiquable to build organic fair trade chocolate plant

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French fair trade co-operative Ethiquable plans to invest EUR15m (US$16.7m) in an organic chocolate plant. The facility will be located in Fleurance, south-west France, and will open in spring 2021 with an annual production capacity of 1,300 tonnes. The project, in association with Peruvian cocoa producer and processor Norandino, will partly be funded by state bank CDC. Ethiquable produces a… Read more »

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Hershey Is Opening A New Park Dedicated Completely To Chocolate Called “Chocolatetown”

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The chocolate heaven that already exists on Earth is about to get even better. You know Hersheypark? The theme park with more than 70 rides, a water park, and a zoo?? Just when you thought they couldn’t make things any better, they went ahead and announced that next year they’re opening “Chocolatetown,” which is exactly what you’re imagining and MORE…. Read more »

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