Review: Menakao – Dark Chocolate 72% (****)

The Creator: This is the first rerun review of a chocolate bar on my website. There are so many chocolate makers out there and so many amazing chocolate bars to be discovered, but just like falling in love for the very first time, the first one will always remain lively in your memory. And it…

Review: Cédric De Taeye – Madagascar 74% (****1/2)

The Creator: There used to be a lot of darkness in the world of Belgian craft chocolate. But then, suddenly, little lights popped up. And the pace at which new stars pop up is staggering. Today I present you a new name on this website. Cédric De Taeye – Torréfacteur chocolatier. I met Cédric De…

Review: Chocolatoa – Madagascar Millot Plantation 80% (****)

The Creator: Belgium has long been a country renowned for chocolate. Industrial chocolate. But since the start of the bean to bar revolution in the chocolate world, only a few brave Belgians ventured into making their own product from the bean on. Mario Vandeneede, founder of Chocolatoa, is on a mission teach the Belgian and…

Review: Van Dender Chocolate – Madagascar 72% (***1/2)

The Creator: Belgian chocolate. Ever since I discovered the bean to bar scene, Belgian chocolate tumbled from its pedestal. It is an industrial, technical mass-made product, ripped of the wonderful flavors cocoa can bring and in general offering an overly sweet and dull taste. Yet today I review a Belgian made bar. In the vast…

Review: Michel Cluizel – Mangaro Madagascar – 65% (***)

The year draws to an end and 2016 peeks around the corner. Yet new chocolate bars keep crossing my path. I was more than happy to discover the Michel Cluizel line in a gourmet supermarket in Brussels a while ago. Cluizel was definetly on my “to try” list. French chocolate makers know their trade. Together…

Review: Raaka – Madagascar 75% (*** 1/2)

And there it was. A big black monolith, standing proud… in the background, the first notes of Strausses “also sprach Zarathustra” start to rumble. Who ever thinks chocolate can’t move you deeply is lying. Today I opened up a bar of Raaka chocolate. Madagascar origin. Somia farm. A well known name – the Åkesson estate. One…

Review: Akesson’s Madagascar – 100% Criollo (*****)

Today we go red. There is no room for compromises. Today is 100% chocolate! Akesson is The name in the fine chocolate world when it comes to Madagascan cacao. Bertil’s Ambolikapiky plantation produces some of the finest cacao around and countless bean-to-bar chocolate makers use his cacao to create their masterpieces. But Akesson also produces their own…

Review: Chocolate Naive – Madagascar 85% (***1/2)

After an annoying two-week cold including a blocked nose, things finally cleared up so I can enjoy craft chocolate to the fullest again. About time, because I have a massive amount of bars waiting to be reviewed. Today we return to my favorite origin. Madagascar. Naive provided me with this gorgeous looking 85% bar, made…

Review: Willie’s Cacao – Madagascan Gold – Sambirano 71 (*****)

Just after I developed an interest in the world of fine chocolate, A Belgian TV station aired a “fly on the wall” series about Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s efforts to create his own artisan chocolate. The camera’s followed his ordeals with machinery, investments, the work on the cacao farm he owns in Venezuela up to making the…