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: 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: Marou – Heart of Darkness Vietnam 85% (*****)

The Creator Marou is one of the brands who surprised me big time when I first learned about fine chocolate. During a tasting session, their Ben Tré bar really stood up amidst many other nice chocolates, due to it’s distinct and unique flavors. The company has come far over the recent years. Vincent Mourou and…

Review: Erithaj – Hàm Luông Vietnam 80 % (**1/2)

The Creator Vietnam. Today more than ever, the name of this country is linked to fine chocolate. During the 19th century, cocoa was introduced on the fertile soils embraced by a climate loved by the cocoa tree. Only as recent as the beginning of this century, the chocolate producing world turned it’s head to this…

Preview: Marou – Dắk Lắk 70% (*****)

During the last edition of the Origin Chocolate event I had the enormous privilege of tasting the brand new bar created by Marou. It was so new they didn’t even have artwork for a new wrapper yet. Samuel Maruta offered me a bar of this new origin as a sample for my blog. I simply…

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…