Review ratings

So I see you put stars everywhere, that’s really nice and all, but what do they really mean? (*****) – Simply devine chocolate. The best of the best! A rare find. (****) – A perfect bar! Remarkable tastes and textures. Truely a fine chocolate! (***) – a really interesting bar. Well worth the try, though…

Ruby Chocolate – the flavor behind the hype

Daddy! It’s PINK chocolate! My three year old daughter’s eyes started to sparkle as I showed the little box I just bought in our local chocolate shop. A bold sign had lured me into buying it. “Try Ruby – the new Belgian chocolate!” Beantobar.be focuses on artsian made origin chocolate. I tend to stay away…

Event: Chocolate Heaven 2018 – Maastricht, The Netherlands

On April the second, the former Augustijnen church was the place to be as a chocolate enthusiast. The first edition of Chocolate Heaven offered a nice selection of chocolate sellers, combined with different local companies selling wonderful quality products such as coffee, wine, cheese, and so on. The mood was very relaxed, inviting you to…

Review: Omnom Chocolate – Nicaragua 73% (****)

The Creator: Iceland. A country instantly reminding you of snow, volcanic activity and rough landscapes. A barren, yep magical place that makes people fall in love with it in a heartbeat. Yet hardly anyone would ever connect this island with single origin chocolate. But the chocolate world knows. This legendary nordic island hosts a special…

Review: Mike&Becky – India 70% (****)

The Creator: Mike&Becky in Uccle, Brussels. For many people, this name has become equal to a heartwarming welcome in one of the best hot chocolate bars in Belgium. A great chocolate shop as well. And always a treat to see their grinders at work in the workshop. Björn Becker and Julia Mikerova are some of…

Review: Willie’s Cacao – El Blanco, Venezuela (***1/2)

The Creator: As the sun blasted its rays right in my eyes, I pushed my hat a little lower. A quick glance at the town’s clock, before focusing again on the man in front of me. Dressed all in white. My mind raced through the events of the past days. How people warned, not to…

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…