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: Potomac – Upala Costa Rica 85% (****1/2)

The Creator: Ben Rasmussen, the owner and chocolate maker of Potomac Chocolate has a clear vision. He wants to make pure chocolate which highlights the unique flavors of each cocoa origin he works with. Furthermore, the American chocolate maker based in Woodbridge, Virginia – states that he makes them in an absurdly small workshop and…

Review: Legast – Tumaco Colombia 70% – 2016 Harvest (****1/2)

The Creator: Thibaut Legast is a passionate chocolate maker who first started working with the dark gold at the age of 15 in the family chocolate shop. Today he is at the helm of his operation and became a real chocolate maker by going bean-to-bar. Based in Braine-Le-Compte, situated in the Hainaut province, Thibaut works…

Fine Tea & Chocolate Pairing

I have been giving introduction to origin chocolate tastings for a while now. It is always good fun changing peoples minds about a product they all think to know well and to open a whole now world of flavors. But even more rewarding are pairings. Bringing together two high quality products together and experience how…

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…