Beau Cacao 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review

This 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia dark chocolate bar is the 2nd bar I’ve had by the London, England based craft chocolate maker Beau Cacao.  This particular bar is #302 out of just 3,800 bars that will be made from the 2014 harvest.

Beau Cacao was founded by Bo San Cheung, and Thomas Delcour, and currently features two bars made from Malaysian cacao. Continue reading “Beau Cacao 72% 2014 Serian Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review”

Beau Cacao 73% 2014 Asajaya Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review

 

Beau Cacao is a handcrafted chocolate maker in London, England that has recently launched their bars.  Founded by both Bo San Cheung, and Thomas Delcour, Beau Cacao makes bean to bars from Malaysian cacao beans.  Their focus is on making fine chocolate bars with a direct link from growers to consumers, working with small-scale growers, and maintaining transparency of the product.

I ordered this 2014 harvest 73% Asajaya Malaysia dark chocolate bar (200 of 4,500 bars) from the Beau Cacao website (http://www.beaucacao.com/) Continue reading “Beau Cacao 73% 2014 Asajaya Malaysia Dark Chocolate Bar Review”

White Chocolate Bar Reviews on Åkesson’s, Askinosie, WKND Chocolate, and Original Beans

When it comes to white chocolate things have definitely changed!  I’m talking single-origin, and first pressed cacao butter, not adding vanilla, and so on.

WKND Chocolate’s Turmeric of a Goat Thing is an inclusion bar with turmeric, etc, added.  However, when I mention what I “taste” in the other bars that is the expression of the cocoa butter, milk, sugar coming through, and not added ingredients.

Re-think what you know about white chocolate and check out my video.

Thanks for watching!

Victoria Cooksey

 

Interview with Richard Tango-Lowy Owner, and Master Chocolatier of Dancing Lion Chocolate with Victoria Cooksey

Note:  This interview was original published on 9-30-16 on my Dark Matters Fine Chocolate Reviews blogspot site.

Richard Tango-Lowy, Dancing Lion Chocolate

Today I am so pleased to bring you this interview with Richard Tango-Lowy, a physicist turned chocolatier, who is the owner, and master chocolatier of Dancing Lion Chocolate.  Richard also teaches the Mastering Chocolate Flavor course with Ecole Chocolat. (I learned so much from him when I recently took the course).  Oh, and did I mention he was named one of the top 10 chocolatiers in America by Dessert Professional magazine in 2016.  Congrats Richard!!!

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Interview with The Blenderist, Chocolate Codex, Jasmine Lukuku with Victoria Cooksey

Note:  This blog post was originally published on 9-2-16 on my blog Dark Matters Fine Chocolate Reviews on blogspot.

I first talked with Jasmine Lukuku during a live chat on tasting chocolate while earning my Mastering Chocolate Flavor Certificate from Ecole Chocolat.  Jasmine is so delightful, up beat, and informative! Continue reading “Interview with The Blenderist, Chocolate Codex, Jasmine Lukuku with Victoria Cooksey”

Interview with Hazel Lee, Bean to Bar Maker & Consultant, NW Chocolate Festival, Chocolate Ecstasy Tours with Victoria Cooksey

Note:  This interview originally appeared on my Dark Matters Fine Chocolate blog on blogspot on 10-21-16.

I’m so pleased to bring you this interview with Hazel Lee!  Hazel is a bean to bar chocolate maker, chocolate consultant, social media director for the NW Chocolate Festival, is a tour guide with Chocolate Ecstasy Tours in England, a judge for both the Academy of Chocolate, and Quality Food Awards, and more!  Wow!  She is clearly a very busy lady, so I’m very grateful she made time to answer questions for my blog.  Thank you Hazel!  (She also gets my vote for best smile in the chocolate industry! Her smile will make you smile too, and it’s so clear she loves what she does).

Hazel Lee

Victoria Cooksey:  What was your first experience with fine chocolate?

Hazel Lee:  I walked into a Hotel Chocolat store in 2008 and tried a free sample of chocolate-enrobed rum-soaked raisins and instantly tasted the difference in their chocolate compared with high street confectionery. The quality was a whole new level and from that moment I was hooked!

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