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…

Review: Kuyay – Chocolate bitter 70% (****)

The Creator: When visiting the Chocolate Heaven festival in Maastricht earlier this year, I was wandering past the different booths of the chocolate sellers displaying their goods. It is always great to see all the known brands on offer, but what intrigues me during shows are the bars I don’t know. Kuyay caught my eye…

Review: El Rey – Caoba Milk Chocolate 41% (***1/2)

The Creator: The world of bean-to-bar chocolate makers includes a lot of small scale companies who produce wonderful bars with just a few dedicated people. On the other hand, there are also those who grew a large scale operation, without loosing the idea of making good chocolate from quality cocoa. El Rey is a company…

Review: Cédric De Taeye – Venezuela Ocumare 76% – 2016 Harvest (****)

  Cédric De Taeye was featured on this site before with his wonderful Madagascar bar. Based in Ellezelles – Belgium, Cédric creates a very interesting array of origin chocolates, both in milk or dark versions. He is passionate about flavors and is always keen on showing you the amazing notes real chocolate can bring. With…

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: Aelan – Vanuatu – Island of Santo 70% (****)

The Creator: Chocolate makers pop up all over the world. The bean to bar chocolate wave seems to have become a Tsunami. Daily I find out about new chocolate makers. When I visited Chocolate Heaven, an event in Maastricht – The Netherlands, I discovered some great looking bars made by Aelan. The immediately intrigued me,…

Review: Nearynógs – Dominican Republic Hispaniola 72% (****)

The Creator: Northern Ireland, a name inspiring thoughts of wild rocky coast, lush green pastures and grey, rainy skies. Yet it is also home to a bean-to-bar chocolate maker! Nearynógs. Started in 2011 as a way to fun a charity trip to the slums of New Dehli – India, the company quickly expanded and started…

Review: Coup De Chocolat – Jerome 85% (***1/2)

The Creator: Coup De Chocolat Is the cocoa love child (*) of two Belgian chocolate enthusiasts. Tom Geens and Isabelle Quireynen run their small chocolate factory (12m²) in the center of Antwerp. They won th hearts of a lot of people with their Gusta – Peru bar, myself including. The bar was a little rough…

Review: Chocolatier Alexandre – Tanzania 70% (***)

The Creator: Based in Leiden, The Netherlands – Alexandre Bellion runs his bean-to-bar chocolate workshop. He dedicates his attention to high quality cocoa and wishes to bring the original flavor of chocolate – made with high quality cocoa – back to the people. Alexandre distributes his products mainly in selected shops in Holland ( ex….

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…