Category Archives: Chocolate

New technique allows Nestle UK to reduce sugar in chocolate bar

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Nestle UK and Ireland have introduced Milkybar Wowsomes, the first chocolate bars in the world to use Nestle’s new sugar reduction technique. The bars contain under 37 grams of sugar per 100 grams, which is 30% less sugar than similar chocolate products, according to Nestle. Milkybar Wowsomes contain no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors or flavorings. Nestle in 2016 reported it… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut introduces Ruby chocolate for Belgian artisan chocolatiers, pastry chefs

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Global introduction of Callebaut RB1 will be gradual, company says. Barry Callebaut has developed a Ruby chocolate product under its Callebaut brand for artisan chocolatiers and pastry chefs. Billed as the fourth variety of chocolate after milk, dark and white, the Ruby chocolate product — Callebaut RB1 — will be available in Belgium in April. Availability in other countries will… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut partnership produces high-flavanol chocolate

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Barry Callebaut has revealed a partnership with FlavaNaturals to produce chocolate containing high levels of cocoa flavanol in the US. The announcement follows three years of collaboration on the development of FlavaBars, a line of chocolate containing five times the cocoa flavanol content of a typical dark chocolate bar. FlavaBars are said to leverage over a decade of development by… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut introduces sensory language

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Unraveling the taste of chocolate Inspired by wine, coffee and craft beer categories, Barry Callebaut introduces a sensory language and tasting ritual for chocolate The chocolate sensory language is based on the new book ‘Hidden Persuaders in Cocoa and Chocolate’, written by scientists from Barry Callebaut and Givaudan, the leading global flavor house The chocolate sensory language and tasting ritual… Read more »

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Nestlé brings premium artisan chocolate brand to UK market

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Swiss confectioner Nestlé plans to introduce its leading premium chocolate brand, Les Recettes De L’Atelier, to the UK following impressive growth across Europe. Although the high-end chocolate brand may not yet be familiar to the British market, supplies have just started via Sainsbury’s with stores stocking a range of smooth Swiss chocolate blocks with natural fruit pieces. The brand, which… Read more »

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Ruby chocolate: Nestlé’s KitKat becomes world’s first brand to adopt Barry Callebaut innovation

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Barry Callebaut and Nestlé have partnered together for a world first – Japanese KitKat is the first consumer brand to launch a Ruby chocolate version named KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby. As of tomorrow (January 19), Nestlé Japan Ltd. will launch the Ruby chocolate version of its iconic KitKat brand in KitKat Chocolatory stores in Japan and South Korea, as well… Read more »

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Castronovo Chocolate wins at International Chocolate Awards

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Castronovo Chocolate’s Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% has won a bronze award in the Micro-batch – Plain/Origin Dark Chocolate Bars category at the World Finals from the International Chocolate Awards. The winners, selected from more than 800 entries, were announced Oct. 14 in London. This is the third award for the Nicalizo bar. Earlier this year, the bar was awarded Silver in… Read more »

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How flawed science helped turn chocolate into a health food

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A small and preliminary study was hyped to claim that chocolate fights Alzheimer’s. Have you heard? Dark chocolate will do everything from boost your cognition to reduce your cardiovascular disease risk and even help you lose weight! Or so the chocolate science hype machine will tell you. Several months ago, we got to wondering how chocolate candy had earned such… Read more »

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Cocoa Of Excellence: Celebrating The Farmers Behind Chocolate

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“Without cocoa, there is no chocolate,” says Brigitte Laliberté, the coordinator of the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources and the Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx). “It’s as simple as this. Everything starts from there.” She’s right, yet every award honoring chocolate focuses on the end maker, not farmers. The celebrated outlier is the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), an event… Read more »

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What’s the real cost of chocolate?

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Chocolate is the “food of the gods,” a sweet treat for many across the world, and a booming industry worth an estimated $110 billion a year. But as we unwrap a favorite bar or tuck into a truffle, how many of us take the time to think about where it came from, and who helped in its transformation from the… Read more »

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