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January 2011 Blog Posts (16)

A one-two Parisian chocolate punch

Jean-Paul Hévin, Patrick Roger, Un Dimanche à Paris… I was certainly getting around to my favorite chocolatiers during my last weeks in Paris. But in the very last few days, I made visits to two brand new chocolatiers: Chloe Chocolat and Franck Kestener.

 

My own copy of Chloé Doutre-Roussel’s bible, The Chocolate Connoisseur (2005), is a tattered, stained mess from all the bonbons I consumed while reading about…

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Added by Sweet Freak on January 30, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Working with Cacao cooperatives in Southern Peru

While opening the Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, we decided to travel to the "Valle de la Convención" (5 hours from Cusco), region where most cacao is produced in Peru.

Talking to some producers or cooperatives, we saw that in fact cacao is not or poorly fermented in these region because farmers do not receive enough money to ferment their cacao so they prefer selling it without fermentation.

A lot of people here in Cusco prepare and produce what they call "Chocolate para…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on January 27, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Idilio Origins

Our ordered chocolate bars from Switzerland, the Idilio Origins, have arrived in our Chocolaterie in Amsterdam. From the great and super 1ero Porcelana Criollo Puro to the delicious and charming 5nto Cooperativa Amazonas. The cocoa beans all come from Venezuela. A pretty new brand from the (milk)chocolate-country: Swiss honour is saved!

Added by Pimm van der Donk on January 26, 2011 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Opening the Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, Perú

For two months now, Clara Isabel and I are in the fantastic city of Cusco, Perú.

Our objective is to open the new cacao and chocolate museum in this city.

For almost 1 month we looked for the perfect place to install this museum. We finally found a great place in the center of Cusco, on the wonderful Plaza Regocijo.…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on January 24, 2011 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Cocoa: NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Source:  http://ruraldevelopment.info/cocoa.aspx

 

The recent activity of Armajaro, the trading firm that has purchased stocks adding 240,100 tons constituting up to to 7% of global annual production have shaken the market with prices being pushed upwards beyond $2,800 per ton. That is a trader gain, it does nothing much to help…
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Added by Vercruysse Geert on January 24, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

Casa Luker Chocolate: Flavour description

Some people ask me about Casa Luker and flavours, I like to work with there chocolate but this is personal.

For me the tree couvertures with character are the:Tumaco 85%, Huila 85% and the very best Santander 85%.

 

Its difficult to compare with other brands I'm working with such as Amano, Pacari, Valrhona, Felchlin,...

I like to make my own melange for enrobing my chocolates (bonbons) and so I do for the Santander 85% wich I take 2/3 Santander and 1/3 of Macaé…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on January 24, 2011 at 3:09am — No Comments

Sweet Belgium

Today was a beautiful sunny day... unexpected since the forecast expected snow. After a good run, I treated myself in a good way, with an american coffee, a chocolate muffin and a piece of chocolate with blackberry and ginger, which I bought at Cioccoshow. This particular chocolate comes from Belgium, a land dedicated to the production of chocolate. I like to eat this type of chocolate in the middle of the day because the taste of blackberry and…
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Added by Cioccolatomylove on January 23, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

There's something going on in Amsterdam

In 1997, when my passion for fine chocolate started, the only premium bar I could buy in The Netherlands was Valrhona's Le Noir. For many years it was very difficult to get good chocolate. At some places you saw more bars of Valrhona and if you were lucky one of Amedei’s. Still there was not much going on. For the real stuff I visited Paris a lot.

But the last two years there is a chocolate revolution going on in The Netherlands! In 2009 Kees Raat, our  most famous chocolatier ,…

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Added by Vera Hofman on January 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

My Gourmet Chocolate Recipes

I really enjoy creating new truffles and other desserts and have had two local restaurants use my recipes (for chocolate polenta cake for their special New Years Eve dinner, and my Tiramousse). I publish all of my recipes on my website:

 

http://soulhealing.com/choco.htm

 

and invite you all to view them. Among the truffle recipes, so many are outstanding: the passionfruit, jasmine, black cherry, and pecan to mention…

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Added by Hank Friedman on January 20, 2011 at 12:41am — No Comments

Memories of Gluttony world

Today’s humidity and haze  have created a gloomy and nostalgic atmosphere. Thanks to a byte of chocolate I got back my smile just to enjoy a healthy afternoon of relax.
Looking into my “magic chocolate box" I could find a bar of chocolate with ginger flakes, very tasty and fragrant and eating it reminded me of some chocolates purchased in November at the Cioccoshow, precisely…
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Added by Cioccolatomylove on January 16, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Top Websites On "How To Host A Chocolate Tasting Party"

Do you want to take part in a small experiment? Yes? Great! Try typing in the word chocolate in your web browser. This word will literally produce thousands of hits. You can view anything from Wikipedia's definition of chocolate to someone's Twitter name! Now, narrow your search to chocolate tasting. This will generate fewer chocolate sites but still too many to view. Lastly, narrow your search even further to chocolate tasting party. What you end up with is, in my opinion, just a handful of… Continue

Added by Bernt on January 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Your age by MundoChoco Math

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Added by MundoChoco.com on January 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

importing compound chocolate.

i need to import some good compound chocolate in india if you or anyone can suggest me.please email me ali@symcosales.com.

thank you.

Added by M.Ali hamidani on January 8, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Chocolate blogs

I've created a Google custom search engine for chocolate blogs, with a few other sites included that also have writer opinion/discussion. Of course TCL is included, along with 70%, plus a couple of review database sites which are not strictly blogs. The idea is to compile review/opinion sites, and general chocolate blogs.

 

We used to have a list of chocolate blogs here on TCL, don't know what became of that project, but this is a way to search all blogs at once, in case you…

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Added by Casey on January 2, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

World Events Affecting Chocolate Availability in 2011

I don't want to put a "fear" vibe out there, but we have heard from our supplier that with the current events in Ivory Coast and greedy investors buying up cocoa commodities, there may be an increase in prices and a shortage of supply in 2011.  His comment was that "the perfect storm" is coming.  I would like to do more research on this, but perhaps we could start a discussion group about it.

Added by Reonne (aka Choco Mama) on January 1, 2011 at 8:10pm — No Comments

A souvenir from Paris, Michel Cluizel’s chocolate

Walking through the streets of Paris I came across, almost by chance, the chocolate place by Michel Cluizel. For those who have never heard of him, he’s one of the most respected connoisseurs of chocolate and he’s internationally known for his special attention to the cocoa beans. His headquarters is in Normandy, where there is even a museum,"Chocolatrium", where there are also workshops on the processing of cocoa. The great… Continue

Added by Cioccolatomylove on January 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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