I can’t believe another amazing craft chocolate tasting year has past! That means it’s time for the 2nd annual Dark Matters Craft Chocolate Awards.
I have only included bars I have purchased myself. I’m also only including bars that I tried in 2017, so some of these bars might be new creations and some may be part of a maker’s permanent collection.
Full reviews of the winning bars are available on this blog or on my IG account.
What’s that sound? Oh, yes…the fast pace sound of the holidays approaching! No worries! Dark Matters has you covered with some craft chocolate holiday gift ideas.
Chocolate Subscription Boxes
Subscription boxes are the way to go if you are unsure which bars a person has already tried, to introduce someone to the world of craft chocolate, or to give the gift that continues delivering throughout the year. I tend to look for ones that feature their newest collections or subscription only limited edition bars. Here are some of the ones I love:
Map Chocolate’s Quarterly Subscription box delivers 4 bars from the newest collection four times a year. Dormouse Chocolate’s offers 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions that feature one limited edition bar a month. Endorfin Food’s monthly 3 bar subscription box, that features one bar from their current line, plus two made-only-for-subscribers (Endorfin Foods also carries larger subscription boxes too).
I first tried this bar during Hazel Lee’s Taste with Colour workshop in November at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA. Luckily there were some for sale at the show. (This bar is the reason why bubble gum is listed as a tasting note on her flavour map).
Mission Chocolate is a small batch craft chocolate maker located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This inclusion bar has the dried pulp of cupuaçu scattered generously on the back of the bar. Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum) is related to cacao. The three ingredients in this Brazil 2016 harvest bar are cacao, sugar and the cupuaçu.