Review: Fruition Chocolate – Signature Dark Chocolate 66% (*****)

The chocolate circle. I’ve written about it before. Somehow the origin/artisan chocolate world is filled with people who are so thrilled by the wonderful products they make or discover, they want to share this knowledge with as many people who will appreciate it! A while ago, I was contacted by Adrienne from the United States….

Review: Chocolate Naive – Trinidad and Tobago 70% (***1/2)

Lithuania. No there is another country I wouldn’t have linked to chocolate some years ago. How little did I know back then. Today I know bean-to-bar chocolate producers are popping up everywhere. In center point of this movement seems to be the USA and UK, but in nearly every country there are chocolatiers stepping up…

Review: Marou – Bên Tre 78% (****)

A rainy, dull sunday morning. The kind of day you wish you could be wandering on a sunny beach somewhere on a tropical island. Anyway, that is not going to happen today, so why not review a bar of chocolate. I know I still have some in the cupboard! To be honest, I already had…

Media: Koffie T Cacao magazine

An annoying cold keeps blocking my nose, so any decent chocolate tasting is out of the question. By luck, I’ve discovered a nice magazine to keep my cacao craving mind busy. Unfortunately, “Koffie T Cacao” is a  magazine only printed in Dutch, but any of my Dutch speaking readers might be interested in this fine publication….

Review: Geert Vercruysse Chocolates (*****)

My faith in Belgian chocolate has been restored. And how… Quiet a while ago, I realised I’ve been told a big lie all my life. Belgian bulk chocolate may be better than average when compared to other foreign bulk producers, but it is meaningless when compared to the kind of product so many great artisan…

Review: Alter Eco – Noir Intense – 60% (***)

Second bar I picked up during my business trip to France. Totally different, this is a true dark chocolate with no special ingredients other than cacao, sugar and some vanilla. Alter Eco produces chocolate which is fair trade and eco-friendly. The company goes a long way to ensure farmers get a good price for their…

Review: Lindt – Noir à la pointe de fleur de sel – 47% (***)

I adore going abroad, as it give you the chance to stroll around local supermarkets who always seem to sell lots of products just a little bit different from what you are used to home. Does it surprise you that I always check out the chocolate displays? On my latest trip to France, I found…

Review: Mayta Chocolate – 71% Arriba (****)

It has been a while since I reviewed any chocolates. A burned tongue was the evildoer. It simply eradicated a part of my taste, making everything very dull on the palate. Not your ideal way to taste the delicate flavours in a product like chocolate. Luckily everything healed by now, but it makes you appreciate the…

Cocoa… a close encounter of the third kind!

Beeing fascinated by chocolate, one naturally gets interested in the source of this wonderful product aswell. To us Western people, chocolate is well-known. The cocoa beans, pods and the tree itself are as illusive as pixie dust. No one really knows them. Slowly I’m starting to get a view on the wonderful world of cocoa…