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Bar: Madagascar 44% White Maker: Pump Street Chocolate (Orford, England, UK) Price: ~$10/70g (gift from a friend) Munch Factor: 7.5/10 Ingredients: Organic cocoa butter, cane sugar, milk powder. Appearance: as I always remark, Pump Street packaging is beautiful & highly functional, with the prominent logo on a tan background pulling in your eyes. The bar itself is the […]

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Even if you only have a few days to explore Jeju Island, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of it. If you carefully choose what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Jeju, then those few days of memories will last a lifetime. So let’s plan your trip! Since this […]

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Bar: Ambrosia Dark Pollen 65% Maker: Naive Chocolate (Eastern Lithuania) Price: ~$10/57g (The Chocolate House in Washington, D.C., USA) Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: organic cacao, organic sugar, organic cacao butter, wild forest honey, organic bee pollen, organic sunflower lecithin. Appearance: the packaging is unlike any others I’ve seen; not only is the rectangular shape more squat, […]

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It had been years since I’d browsed Amazon in the hopes of finding some quality chocolate. I think the last time I ordered a dessert off of Amazon was when I picked up a big box of my favorite peanut butter cups. They’re technically craft chocolate, but most importantly is that they’re way better than […]

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Bar: Christmas (Honduras) Maker: Fresh Cacao Chocolate (St. Petersberg, Russia) Price: unknown/50g (gift from a friend) Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter. Appearance: the bright blue packaging is remarkably eye-catching, especially with the roosters on the bottom, but it also reminds me of cheaper chocolate packaging, even though I know it’s bean to […]

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At this point, it’s undeniable: cacao has carved out a variety of unique identities. It didn’t happen overnight, and in fact, the idea has been floating around the industry for several years now. But without a long history (like in wine), or strong public knowledge (like in coffee), the cacao community has been slow to designate […]

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​Like any humane person, I begin my best mornings with a hearty macaron and a kick in the pants. Not my pants, of course, but those of someone deserving. I should note, as well, that this month began at the end of last month. And that kick in the pants? It happened to a little […]

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Bar: Wild Gorse Flower (Nicaragua) Maker: Chocolarder Chocolate (Ponsanooth, England, UK) Price: ~$6.50/65g (gift from a friend) Munch Factor: 8.5/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Unrefined Raw Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Gorse Flowers. Appearance: the packaging is attractive with its simple brown paper wrapping and the sticker identifying origin & a host of other variables regarding […]

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Kyoto chocolate is not binge-friendly. Hovering around $3USD per truffle, I’d advice you to keep an eye on your wallet. However, the chocolate shops in Kyoto are mostly clustered in and around the downtown area. So if you decided to take a chocolate tour of Kyoto using this map, I can promise that you’ll be able […]

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Bar: Dark/Noir 72% (Madagacar) Maker: Menakao Chocolate (Antananarivo, Madagascar) Price: $10/65g (Osaka Salon du Chocolat) Munch Factor: 5/10 Ingredients: Madagascan Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Pure Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin. Appearance: very eye-catching parchment paper-reminiscent background, not to mention the gorgeous woman featured on the front (& biographied on the back). The blocked mold has a cacao emblem engraved […]

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