This week I’m jumping across the pond once more so to speak, to interview Isobel Carse of Dormouse Chocolates; the first bean-to-bar maker in Manchester, England. Dormouse makes micro-batches of craft chocolate that skip the machines for a rarely done hand-tempering of the chocolate on marble.
Dormouse was the very first monthly chocolate subscription I ever signed up for, and did I mention they just picked up three more Academy of Chocolate Awards in 2017-including a gold for their Guatemala 51.5% milk chocolate bar? Congrats!
Cacao Prieto craft chocolate was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston. The Prieto family owns Coralina Farms in the Dominican Republic, where all the organic cacao comes from to make Cacao Prieto bars. Even the organic sugar they use comes from the Dominican Republic. Their bean-to-bar chocolate is made in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, where they also make cacao-based liqueurs and rums.
The bar I tried is their original 72% Criollo Dominican organic dark chocolate bar made from single-origin Dominican Republic Criollo cacao and organic raw cane sugar.
Dom Ramsey is both the founder and bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker at Damson Chocolate in London, England. Dom is an Academy of Chocolate Awards judge of the filled chocolates category and author of the book Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic. Dom was also a co-founder of Cocoa Runners and World Chocolate Guide. He is also a founder and editor of Chocablog (https://www.chocablog.com/).
I’ve had a chance to try several Damson Chocolate bars and I highly recommend them! Lately requests for recommendations on bars made from beans from the Philippines have been popping up on Instagram, so I suggest trying Damson’s 70% Philippines Kablon Farms bar if you can find it.
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate was founded by Adam Dick & Dustin Taylor, and is located in Eureka, California. This maple coconut bar is the 10th bar of theirs that I’ve had (plus two of their drinking chocolates). This particular bar is 72% Belize with coconut caramelized in maple syrup and sea salt.