An essential part of the artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate-making endeavour is roasting the cocoa beans. For the cocoa farmer, the journey begins with the cultivation of cocoa plants, followed by the harvesting of cocoa pods, fermenting and then drying them. The chocolate-maker then takes over the reins by sourcing these cocoa beans from the farmer and […]
Most everyone loves chocolate but know little about winnowing chocolate. Whether you prefer dark, light, bittersweet or unsweetened, this confectionary is a favourite fare for many. In fact, chocolate was consumed in ancient times, dating back to 1900 BC. What is more, this amazing food that’s roasted and ground from cacao beans is still one […]
Grinding and conching cocoa beans are two portions of the bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate-making process, a popular trend that has captured the imaginations of entrepreneurs and the palates of chocolate aficionados alike. The process is a near-alchemical fusion of science and art. Making chocolate at home or on a small scale has become possible with the […]
A growing number of consumers today buy artisanal chocolate, known as “bean to bar chocolate” whenever possible. Experienced chocolatiers consider this label to be an indication of fine quality. Yet there is often confusion about the differences in specialty, fine and craft chocolate.
Let’s talk a little bit about harvesting cocoa. A lot of people are interested in the idea of sustainable home food production. Not only is it a lot healthier, but it also tends to be better for the environment. Small-scale farming is a lot easier on the land than large-scale mono crop farming, so it’s […]
Like magic, the alchemy of chocolate turns a gooey mass of brown paste into heaven. It’s the height of accomplishment to pop out a perfectly snappy, shiny molded chocolate bar and say to your friends “yeah, I made that.” But tempering chocolate for molds is also one of the trickiest – and therefore daunting techniques […]
Have you ever wished you could make your very own chocolate molds? Surprisingly, you can, and it’s pretty easy too. With very little equipment and a few basic steps, you can create your own chocolate molds for all your family’s special occasions.
When you are preparing to bake, do you ever stop to consider how the cocoa you are using got into your pantry? The process of producing cocoa is a multi-step process of careful harvesting, fermenting, drying, and roasting. The higher the quality of cocoa, the purer it is for cooking and baking.
Growing cocoa trees could be a good way to expand income or save money on chocolate. A good investment for farmers as demand currently outstrips supply, however growing cocoa trees is a long-term commitment. The cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) can grow to be taller than fifty feet. Cocoa trees born to be harvested generally don’t […]
Making anything with chocolate is fun and tasty. There is a process to get the cocoa you bake and cook with to your shelves, and it starts in the regions where cacao grows. The pods that will eventually produce chocolate grow up to 20 degrees north and south of the equator, and depending on the […]
When it comes to chocolate gifts, there is a strong symbolic meaning behind the giving such as a blissful life, love, passion, and caring. It is a simple yet passionate gift that everyone adores, from young children to great grandmothers.