Manoa Chocolate 75% Hawaiian Honey Chocolate Bar Review

This review first appeared on my original Blogspot site on 1-6-17.

Manoa Chocolate is a bean to bar chocolate maker located in Kailua Honolulu County, Hawaii. Hawaii is the only U.S. state with the right climate for growing cacao, however, Manoa does have to source some of their cocoa beans from other countries due to limited growing supply currently in Hawaii. Continue reading “Manoa Chocolate 75% Hawaiian Honey Chocolate Bar Review”

Sweets Escalier Bean to Bar from Japan Gianduja Cuba Chocolate Bar Review with Victoria Cooksey

Note this post was first published as part of my original Blogspot site on 12-2-16.

Bean to bar chocolate from Japan is becoming quite the trend in the chocolate world.  In fact, Sweets Escalier, from Japan, made an appearance at the recent NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA.

Pastry chef Tomomi Kaneko, owner of Sweets Escalier in the Japanese city of Niigata, recently turned towards bean to bar chocolate making.  Through chatting with an interpreter present I learned that the designs on the chocolate bar labels were also designed by the chocolatemaker, and that there are around “fifty” bean to bar makers already in Japan.

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Akesson’s Single Plantation Chocolate Madagascar 43% White Chocolate Bar Review

Forget what you thought you knew about white chocolate because this Akesson’s Single Plantation Chocolate Madagascar Bejofo Plantation 43% White Chocolate bar is a game changer.  If you’re like me (and I know I am) I think vanilla, and tooth aching sweetness when I think of typical white chocolate.  Not so with this bar.  In fact, there isn’t even any vanilla in it for starters. Continue reading “Akesson’s Single Plantation Chocolate Madagascar 43% White Chocolate Bar Review”

Durci Taino Secret 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

Durci is a craft chocolate maker located at the base of the Wasatch Range in Utah.  The very first time I had their chocolate was at the NW Chocolate Festival in Nov. 2016.  So I was standing there talking with Sharon Terenzi, The Chocolate Journalist, and she asked if I had tried Durci before.  Since I hadn’t she grabbed my arm, and quickly got me from one end of the place to the other to Durci’s table. I may have bumped into a few people on the way. Sorry!  Lol!

 Pic of Durci at the NW Chocolate Festival Seattle, WA 2016

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Amano Chuao Village Venezuela Signature Edition 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

This review was first published in my original Blogspot site on 8-1-16.

Criollo cacao beans are rare, and Chuao is an even more rare version of Criollo that comes from the plantation of Chuao in Venezuela.  It is limited in quantity, so often makers will do limited edition, or signature, bars of it.  Part of the cost of these types of bars is the fact that they are made from very rare beans, and often these rare beans are more susceptible to damage from insects, fungus, etc, which make them harder to grow.  Only a couple percent of all chocolate bars are made from rare cacao beans. Continue reading “Amano Chuao Village Venezuela Signature Edition 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review”

Omnom Chocolate Reykjavik Iceland Madagascar 66% Chocolate Bar Review

Note:  This review post first appeared in my original Blogspot site on 7-1-16.  I’ve tried four different bars so far by Omnom and I highly recommend them!

Just tried this Omnom Chocolate Madagascar 66% bar today.  It’s actually made in Reykjavik, Iceland.   First, I love the packaging design, very cool! Second, it taste amazing too!

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Fruition Marañón Canyon 68% Dark Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Fruition Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This dark milk bar has won several awards, and is made from National beans from Maranon Canyon in Peru. The particular bar in this review is from batch #2.

 Pic of Fruition’s Maranon Canyon bar was taken in Port Townsend, WA

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Interview with Lauren Heineck of WKND Chocolate, and Well Tempered Podcast with Victoria Cooksey

Note:  This interview was first published in my original Blogspot site on 3-24-17.

I’m excited to be sharing another interview with all of you chocoholics out there. This time I interview Lauren Heineck who makes bean to bar chocolates called WKND Chocolate out of Denver, Colorado. She also produces a podcast celebrating women in chocolate titled Well Tempered which may be found on both her website, and now on iTunes. Lauren also promotes strong community ties with those in all aspects of the chocolate industry from farmers, chocolate makers, suppliers, and chocolate reviewers (like yours truly), and more. Needless to say, she is one busy, and creative lady!

 Lauren Heineck of WKND Chocolate. Photo Credit: http://www.jennisummerstudios.com/

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