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: 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: Cacao Prieto – Dominican Cacao 72% (***)

The Creator: Many bean to bar chocolate makers have passed on this site by now. They all source fine cocoa and turn the beans into exciting and wonderful chocolate bars, or at least try to. But some people go even beyond this. They venture deeper into the cocoa world and take charge of the entire…

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: Krakakoa – Sedayu Sumatra 70% (***1/2)

The Creator: If you are into fine chocolate and start meeting equally interested souls, you might have the chance to taste something special from time to time. The chance of finding a bar of Indonesian bean-to-bar chocolate on a shelf in a shop around the corner is slim. Unless you live in Indonesia of course….

Review: Sadé Chocolat – Arauca Colombia 85% (*** 1/2)

The Creator: Swiss chocolate. Nearly everyone in the street will immediately tell you those words reminds them of milk chocolate, triangular chocolate pieces in a box displaying mountains or even worse… purple cows. Oh how little people know about real chocolate. Luckily there is more than meets the eye. Switzerland, just like Belgium, has always…

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: Zart Pralinen – Kokoa Kamili Tanzania 70% (****1/2)

The Creator: How do you know a chocolate bar is good? When you put a bar on the table during a diner with friends, and by the time you turn your head again, it is all gone. Wonderful indeed, except if it happened by accident and you intended to resample the bar before writing your…