Review: Chocolate Tree – Whisky & Nibs – 69% (*****)

The Creator: There are times that the heart of a food lover rejoices. When you discover a creation which combines two products you love. Origin chocolate and single malt whisky. So many years ago, discovering single malt whisky marked the start of my journey in the world of fine flavors. Years later on, origin chocolate…

Review: Darcis – Pérou 72 % (**1/2)

The Creator: Belgian chocolate is on the move. Where most Belgian chocolate used to be made by two big industrial manufacturers, we see a steady stream of new chocolate makers rising who decide to take matters in their own hands. People who know there is more to cocoa than the generic flavor we get in…

Review: Chocolate Makers – Peru Awajún 80% (***1/2)

The Creator: People might think I’m heavily focusing on what goes on in the Belgian bean-to-bar scene. But chocolate is so international, I keep on getting products from every nation in my hands. I found this Chocolate Makers bar in the shop of my favorite artisan coffee roaster Vandekerckhove in Ghent. Chocolate Makers is a…

Review: Mike&Becky – Peru Marañón 70 % (*****)

The Creator: I have many bars in my stock that await being reviewed. But the one I have on the table here I anticipated the most. Mike&Becky gave me several bars at the end of January, yet they just had been manufactured. Clearly the bars needed to mature for a couple of weeks to obtain…

Review: Coup De Chocolat – Gusta Peru 70% (****1/2)

The Creator: Coup de Chocolat is the result of two people meeting up. Isabelle Quirynen has been active in the world of fine chocolate since years. She started out organizing tastings and followed through by setting up her own web shop and worked for one of the bigger distributors of fine chocolate in Europe. She…

Coup De Chocolat – Launch event

On Friday the 10th of November, Belgium officially has a new fine chocolate maker. Amongst only a few artisan creators in this country, Coup De Chocolat launched their first bar. The company has been started by Isabelle Quirynen and Tom Geens share a passion for real chocolate. Fueled by several trips to plantations, meeting cocoa…

Review: Cacaosuyo – Lakuna 70% (**** 1/2)

It’s funny how things can work out. I’ve reviewed this chocolate a week ago, did the photography, the tasting session and sat down to write my new article. All I needed to do was to publish it on my blog. But due to a very busy family life, I didn’t get around to it before…

Review: Potomac Chocolate – San Martin Peru 70% (****)

Potomac. Until a year ago, this name would mainly remind me of a river in Washington America. Today it is a name of a chocolate maker who’s products I was dying to try! I was very excited do discover some of their bars in a package I received recently. Made from nothing but the bare…