Visiting the Amedei Tuscany booth at the NW Chocolate Festival this past weekend reminded me that I still needed to post a review of their Chuao bar that I had awhile ago. Chuao cacao is a rare form of Criollo that comes from Venezuela. Continue reading “Amedei Tuscany Chocolate Chuao 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Review by Victoria Cooksey”
So often it’s all about single-origin bars, and I do enjoy them immensely, but I think bars of mixed beans are also worth trying. This Amedei 9 Bar is a combination of cacao from 9 different plantations, and is so well balanced. Continue reading “Amedei 9 Dark Chocolate Bar Review with Victoria Cooksey”
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 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
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”
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!
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
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: https://www.jennisummerstudios.com/
Note: This interview first appeared in my original Blogspot blog on 3-2-17.
Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates
I’m very excited to bring you this interview with Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates. Estelle is a food writer, a chocolate educator, and so much more. She is a wonderful supporter of small craft chocolate makers, a valuable resource of chocolate information delivered in an approachable way, and always has encouraging words for people in all aspects of the craft chocolate world.
In 2015 Estelle decided to try 37 US-made craft chocolate bars by her 37th birthday, and the rest is chocolate history. Continue reading “Interview with Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates with Victoria Cooksey”
Note: This interview was first published in my original Blogspot site on 2-3-17.
I’m very please to bring you this interview with Josef Zotter of Zotter Chocolate.
A special thank you to Barbara Dolleschal of Zotter Chocolates US LLC for facilitating this interview, providing some of the information for the interview, and for the translation work!
Zotter Chocolates is a bean to bar, organic, fair trade chocolate manufacture located in Austria. I purchased Zotter Chocolate for the very first time at The Chocolate Project in Victoria, B.C. in September of 2016, and then I re-stocked my supply at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA last November 2016 where I was also lucky enough to meet Barbara Dolleschal of Zotter Chocolates US LLC, and thus the idea for an interview was born!
Josef Zotter, Zotter Chocolate Photo Credit: (c) Zotter Chocolate