Review: Definite Chocolate – Dominican Republic – Öko Caribe 80% (*****)

The Creator: Finding a chocolate brand you haven’t heared of before is always exciting. Especially if they offer bars from an origin like Dominican Republic. Next to my first love, the Madagascan origin, I have become very fond of Caribbean cocoa, as they often offer lush tropical, warm flavors. Doing a little research about Definite,…

A chocolate hero is no more…

A simple photo of a chocolate maker with Samuel Maruta at a chocolate event, followed by a hug icon, on Facebook. Almost I wanted to reply him that it’s indeed such a shame that events are not possible now. But then it hits me… No, this does not mean what I think it means, no?…

Review: Van Dender – Venezuela Milk 44% & Vietnam 80% (**)

The Creator: Herman Van Dender is a well established name in the Belgian pastry and chocolate world. Herman took over his dad’s chocolate atelier in 1988 and has done numerous internships and specific trainings all over the world. By now, Vandender is a official supplier to the Belgium Royal Court and is one of the…

Review: Mike&Becky – Fruity Kerala – 70% (****)

The Creator: It is a difficult time for everybody. Our world is in a deep crisis. It is hard for people to get together, everybody is constantly on high alert about their health and traveling is nearly impossible as Covid keeps causing havoc around the globe. Luckily we can still turn to things that make…

Review: Marou – Mekong Kumquat – Tien Giang – 68% (****1/2)

The Creator: As the tropical temperatures finally subdued in Europe, I reach to my chocolate stash to see how it survived. Despite temperatures reaching 38°C (100,4°F) outside and 28° (82,4°F) inside, it seems to have survived. Phew… Let’s see what I have laying around, to sooth my appetite for great chocolate after a perios of…

Review: Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé – Mexico – 73% (*****)

The Creator: Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé – it’s a bit of a tongue twister during my tastings, yet always a favorite amongst the participants. This Hungarian chocolate maker is very recognizable in the chocolate world. You’ll spot them immediately in stores due to their unique style. More than once I’m asked if I really am about to…

Review: Chocolate Tree – Maya Mountain, Belize 75% (*****)

The Creator: Finally some time at hands, I admired my kingdom. I rose from my throne and commanded: bring me a fine chocolate! My cat lifted its head with an annoyed expression, yawned and went back to sleep. So I had to walk to the cupboard myself to see what treasures remained to be discovered….

Chocolate in Seville, Spain

The second weekend of November, my wife and I had the chance to visit Seville with a two befriended couples. As it was a pure citytrip, we mainly went to check out the atmosphere is this wonderful city in southern Spain. But I can never go somewhere without looking for chocolate. Just the idea of…

Review: Mi Joya – Cameroon 72% (****)

The Creator: Ah, autumn. The days are getting shorter, leaves and temperatures start dropping. Time to meet up with my old pall chocolate. It has been some time since I last had a chance to sit down to do a proper tasting. Opening my storage box I’m welcomed by amazing smells, exciting end yet so…