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: 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: Van Dender Chocolate – Madagascar 72% (***1/2)

The Creator: Belgian chocolate. Ever since I discovered the bean to bar scene, Belgian chocolate tumbled from its pedestal. It is an industrial, technical mass-made product, ripped of the wonderful flavors cocoa can bring and in general offering an overly sweet and dull taste. Yet today I review a Belgian made bar. In the vast…

Review: Duffy’s Indio Rojo – Honduras 72% (*****)

When I found the chocolate of Willie’s Cacao my wife wanted to try for such a long time now, she decided to surprise me with a little present of herself. So I got this Duffy’s Indio Rojo bar… Isn’t she the best wife ever? The British Duffy Sheardown has a past in racing, but he…

Review: Benoit Nihant – Madagascar 72% (***1/2)

Finally. FINALLY. I can’t stress it enough. Finally I’ve found a true bean-to-bar producer in Belgium. In the so-called land of chocolate. One of two BTB producers. Ok, i’ll let it go now, but I’m still appalled by the idea we still see ourselves as THE chocolate country. Benoit Nihant who has his workshop in…

Review: Menakao 72% + Pralus République Dominicaine 75%

A double review on my first Single Origin Chocolates… Menakao – 72% (****) Bean: not noted Origin: Sambirano region – Madagascar Production: Chocolaterie Cinagra SA – Madagascar Price paid: 4,90/75g Aroma: lots of cacao and touches of fruit The small pieces are lighter brown than expected and a little coarse in the mouth. Almost instantly…