Category Archives: Chocolate

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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From cocoa to chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way

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The children’s vacations are over and the school year has already started. Now, time to study! But before returning to school, many have had the privilege of learning about cocoa and Venezuelan chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way, as it took place at the vacation plan offered by the Chacaomarket in Miranda state. There, about 18 children in the… Read more »

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What’s the Difference Between Cocoa & Cacao?

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Sure, you love chocolate, but can you tell these ingredients apart? Most people love the rich, creamy taste of chocolate, but not everyone knows the difference between cocoa and cacao. The chocolate flavor most of us think of is based on cocoa, which comes from the beans of the cacao tree. Cocoa is processed into cocoa powder, cocoa butter and,… Read more »

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Why chocolate is good for your gut

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice; the sweet treat is not only delicious, but studies show that it can also promote friendly bacteria and reduce inflammation in our guts. First, some background: trillions of bacteria live in our guts. They contribute to our immune system, metabolism, and many other processes essential to human health. When the delicate balance of microbes in our intestines is… Read more »

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Scientists debut first new chocolate in 80 years and it’s pink!

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We’d like to think that chocolate science has become a perfected art over the last century or so. But scientists would disagree, particularly the chocolate scientists over at Swiss company Barry Callebaut, who have recently debuted the first new kind of natural chocolate in over 80 years. Hold on to your hats, millennial pink lovers. Now, along with dark, milk… Read more »

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