In 2005 Ana and Jason Willenbrock opened Posh Chocolat in Missoula, Montana. Per their website their chocolates are made from “single-origin chocolate from the South American region”. Ana is originally from Brazil and Jason is from St. Louis , Missouri. They met while attending The Culinary Institute of American in New York. Both have culinary experience working in Europe and in the USA prior to opening Posh Chocolat.
Ana recently sent me some of their chocolates, caramels and chocolate bars to sample.
This past weekend marked the 10th year of the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA and my fourth time to attend. Some years the chocolate trends jump out at you, however, this year I found them to be a bit more subtle. Keep in mind, these trends are related to the show specifically.
Trend #1: The show itself has become more international than ever with more makers joining every year such as Mirzam and Fu Wan, both of which were selling out fast!
Hans Westerink is a craft chocolate maker located in South Bend, Indiana. I have been lucky enough to have been able purchase his bean-to-bar chocolate in November at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA. In my opinion, Violet Sky Chocolate features one of the loveliest chocolate bar packaging which is so colorful and often shiny which really makes it stand out, and Hans often uses unique inclusions in his bars as well. Read on to find out more about Hans!