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24
Nov

Forbes’ Five Best Chocolates

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Forbes' Five Best Chocolates

Despite the economic crunch, chocolate remains a lucrative industry. The International Cocoa Association reported that net sales of confectionaries reached $55 billion worldwide in 2011.

And with so many gourmet chocolate around, clearly you need some guidance on which ones to purchase and savor. Forbes contributor Carol Pinchefsky lists down the five “best chocolate you’ve never tasted,” which she assures would leave chocoholic lovers hooked. Note that some of these bittersweets are not commonly seen in stores and you would have to look really hard to find them, either online or in specialty shops.

Goldkenn Black Praline Goldbar (pictured) – This Swiss chocolate bar is fashioned like a gold bar, with the right amount of sweetness and “unctously smooth.” Thin layers of almonds and hazelnuts offset its creaminess.

E. Guittard Ambanja – “Almost everything Guittard makes is terrific,” writes Pinchefsky. “However, this bar excels thanks to its bright, fruity notes and a berry finish.”

Amadei Bar Chuao – Although its manufacturer claims this bar has hints of fresh fruits and “closes with a sensation of honey and preserves,” you might not notice its fruitiness in actual tasting. Pinchefsky writes: “What I did get was a serious chocolate kick that started chocolatey, evolved more chocolatey, and stayed with me for hours.”

Uli Mana Dark Cacao Truffles – Organic and raw, the Dark Cacao Truffles by Uli Mana is known for its earthiness and dense richness. They are flavored with agave instead of sugar, so you get the chocolate rush without the sugar high (notoriously followed by the sugar crash). These confections come in ball form, not bar.

Mast Brothers Fleur de Sel – Mast Brothers is one of the most exhorbitant chocolate brands and rightfully so. What they do to chocolate is close to perfect, such as its Fleur de Sel bar. As every chocolate lover knows, just the right amount of saltiness could dial the flavor of cocoa to 11, and this bar did just that.

Source: Forbes

25
Feb

How Chocolates Are Made Better Than Others

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How Chocolates Are Made Better Than Others
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Everybody can easily say that they love chocolate. But there are also others who try to look for more when choosing chocolates. They don’t usually settle for the ordinary ones. They look for chocolates that are better and offer a different experience not just limited to how chocolates taste. There are also people who look for the best chocolates among the rest.

But how would one determine which chocolates are better, if not the best? In searching for the best chocolates in the world, one should have certain standards in mind. And when it comes to determining the best chocolates, none other than the French seems to have the upper hand. In fact, the French has a high regard for quality chocolates as well as all things gastronomic. Their government even has set certain standards for manufacturing chocolates that should be strictly followed.

The French government has instituted certain regulations that every chocolate maker in France should follow. One of them is that it is prohibited to use vegetable or animal fat when making French chocolate. The makers should only use pure cocoa butter. When it comes to consistency, French chocolates should contain at least 43 percent cocoa liquor and with a minimum of 26 percent pure cocoa butter. In order not to fail on this aspect, most French chocolates usually contain well above the minimum cocoa liquor allowed by the French government.

When it comes to high quality chocolates, ingredients also matter a lot. The flavor and quality of chocolates may also depend on the quality and origin of cocoa beans being used. The best cocoa beans usually come from South and Central American countries as well as Africa and the Caribbean. All these usually work together along with the extensive expertise and experience of chocolate artisans to come up with the very best chocolates in the world.

25
Feb

Top Online Gourmet Chocolatiers

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Top Online Gourmet Chocolatiers
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Everybody loves chocolate. But there are those who may have finer tastes in chocolate than others. There are those that fond of chocolates of the gourmet kind. For those who are interested in gourmet chocolate, here are some of the top gourmet chocolate makers that you can find online.

L.A. Burdick

L.A. Burdick is an online gourmet chocolate shop that specialized in making fine quality chocolates by hand. You can be sure that you have a truly special brand of chocolate with L.A. Burdick since everything is being made and refined by hand. Each chocolate has its own special touch given to it and no two batches of L.A. Burdick chocolates are exactly alike.

Christopher Norman Chocolates

If you are looking for more artistic looking gourmet chocolates, then you might go for those coming from Christopher Norman Chocolates. These chocolates are not just merely made for your taste buds; they are also a feast for the eyes. Christopher Norman Chocolates are not just your ordinary chocolates, each one is hand painted and even sculptured to make them unique in both appearance and taste.

MarieBelle New York

MarieBelle New York specializes in hand made and designed chocolates. Each one is meticulously made to resemble valuable gems and intricate works of art. Quality ingredients make their way into creating the chocolates with just that special touch to make each signature line quite unique.

Lake Champlain Chocolates

This specialty chocolate shop from Vermont prides itself of making quite delicious chocolate treats. The company first became known for their uniquely delicious handmade truffles. It has since grown to include signature chocolate bars and other chocolate novelties.

Romanicos Chocolate

Romanicos Chocolate is known for their delicious and unique truffles. Their hand rolled chocolate truffles are not only delicious but also beautifully made to become visually appealing to complete a total sensory experience.