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The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vercruysse Geert Apr 29, 2010. 9 Replies

Just interested to know what the referece point is for most people (in North America) regarding Sweden and it's chocolate. Are there any major brands that people recognize or level of quality that…Continue

Cacao growing in Jamaica

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Does anyone have information about plantations in Jamaica? Any major producers on the island? Would love to know more about the climate for growing...

 

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Vercruysse Geert replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Many thanks for this interested discussion, I just found this. I do sell the wonderfull chocolate of Bertil Akesson's, just tuesday we had a second (one's a mond) chocolate tasting in our shop and number one out of ten? Yes the…"
Apr 29, 2010
Masur replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"My "shortlist" should also include two ther chocolatiers: En liten smula (Pastry shop) RC Chocolat"
Oct 24, 2009
Masur replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"In december a new Pralus single estate chocolate bar will be available in Stockholm (Small Island Coffee & Chocolate) and Pralus shop in Paris. Benas are sourced from Tobago Cocoa Estate owned by Duane Dove. A few other chocolatiers worth…"
Oct 24, 2009
Bertil Åkesson replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Sonja, you are right, Sweden should not be forgotten on the map of chocolate! After all, the cacao plant was first given its botanical name by Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné (*1707-†1778), who called it "Theobroma…"
Oct 24, 2009
Masur replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Swedish confectionary, commercial chocolate brand Marabou is sold in USA: http://swedensbest.com/chocolate1.html"
Oct 23, 2009
Masur replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Emanuel Andrén from Sweden provided the goodie bag at The 50th GRAMMY Awards®, 2008. Regrettably not available in the States. A few US microbatchers are curently available in Sweden: Amano, Askinosie and Patric Chocolate. A PDF-file about…"
Oct 23, 2009
SU commented on Sonja's blog post Price and perfection
"Pralines seem to be in the $1-2 range most of the time. Bars in $4-10 range, with a brand like Amedei in the kabillion range - though they are one of my favorites so my choc fridge always has one or two bars. It really does depend, there are high…"
Oct 23, 2009
SU replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"This is tricky - I'm sure there are Swedish chocolatiers, but I can only think of American, French, Belgium or Italians. I generally assume there are brands because everybody has some. I just doubt any brands are sold in the States and I…"
Oct 22, 2009
Sonja replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Thanks for the book tip, you're right too, I don't think many people know of her books. I checked it out on Amazon, lots of copies available. Again,thanks for the tip."
Oct 14, 2009
Masur replied to Sonja's discussion The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?
"Four Swedish chocolatiers are listed in the second edition of "Chocolate Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Finest Chocolates" written by Chantal Coady. Probably most people never heard of this book."
Oct 13, 2009
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The connections between Scandinavia and chocolate - what reference do people have?

Just interested to know what the referece point is for most people (in North America) regarding Sweden and it's chocolate. Are there any major brands that people recognize or level of quality that people might expect? Or is there just the ol' 'Swedish Chef' from the muppets kind of reference point. I just thought it was interesting after seeing a television news comedy that compares Sweden and the USA.
Oct 13, 2009
ChocoFiles commented on Sonja's blog post Price and perfection
"I'm only interested n chocolate bars not pralines, truffles, or other types of chocolate, but I think that some principles still apply. For me, the bottom line is that if a chocolate bar is good enough then I'll pay to eat it. I may not be…"
Oct 6, 2009
Brendan commented on Sonja's blog post Price and perfection
"My experience has been that low-end and mainstream chocolates are usually sold by weight. High end chocolates are usually sold by the piece (though retail boxed collections may still be described by weight)."
Sep 26, 2009
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Price and perfection

How much are we willing to pay to enjoy the perfect pralines and chocolates that we soooo love?How do we set limits? Luxury things should cost more, but how much more before we say - no thank you?How much do we need and at what price are we willing to pay to fulfill our chocolate desires?How are pralines / filled chocolates sold on average: per piece, per gram, per pound...QUESTIONS, questions filling my head...I am working on a project together with a chocolate artist and we are trying to…See More
Sep 22, 2009

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Price and perfection

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 6:09am 3 Comments

How much are we willing to pay to enjoy the perfect pralines and chocolates that we soooo love?

How do we set limits? Luxury things should cost more, but how much more before we say - no thank you?

How much do we need and at what price are we willing to pay to fulfill our chocolate desires?



How are pralines / filled chocolates sold on average: per piece, per gram, per pound...



QUESTIONS, questions filling my head...I am working on a project together with a… Continue

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At 6:58pm on September 14, 2009, Michael Winnike said…
Re Jamaica, I would recommend that you contact Nancy Nadel at the Oakland Chocolate company. She has traveled to farms in Jamaica and has worked with farmers on their product. I am not sure where things currently stand with her project.
At 4:47am on September 14, 2009, Sonja said…
Anyone heading out to the chocolate festival in Vancouver this fall?
 
 
 

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