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What Is Blonde Chocolate? (Toasted White Chocolate)

If this is the first you’re hearing of blonde chocolate, my apologies, but you’re a bit late to the party. Blonde chocolate, also commonly called toasted white chocolate or caramelized chocolate, is a relatively recent addition to the chocolate spectrum. It’s basically a cooked white chocolate which takes advantage of the Maillard reaction to lend …

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What Is Ruby Chocolate? How It’s Made, Ruby Cocoa, & FAQ.

Ever since the controversial new ruby chocolate was revealed at a Shanghai trade show in September 2017, the ever-wandering eye of the public has been curious about pink chocolate. China’s not exactly a hub for craft chocolate making, after all. Yet one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world chose to debut their newest …

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July 2020: Preparing For My Quarter Life Crisis

​Days sick: 0Days danced: 0This month’s update will be relatively short. July marks over half of 2020 being in the past, and as of today, I’m a week out from being 25. I’ve been pretty reflective over the last few weeks, and since I’m still in quarantine, quite frankly there’s not much to report. Also, this …

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15 Best Belgian Chocolate Shops in Bruges

The first thing I did upon arriving in town, after a 4-hour bus ride from the Netherlands, was begin visiting the best chocolate shops in Bruges. This is normally an activity reserves for after you’ve seen the requisite castles and museums, but, well, this pilgrimage was for one purpose: Belgian chocolate. A friend I interviewed …

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Interview: Soklet Chocolate Co-Founders, Harish & Karthi

“The vast majority of the farming community still doesn’t know that they are actually working against nature… Everything is the latest generation of chemicals.” -Harish Manoj Kumar, Co-founder of Soklet Chocolate & Regal Plantations Not only is India one of the world’s largest economies, but the country has a huge range of micro-climates, even within …

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21 Books About Chocolate & Cacao (For Every Level)

Do you remember when books were the social media of choice? I don’t. But I’ve heard tales of a time when people used to put photos in albums and just eat the food on their plate instead of taking a picture of it from every angle. It seems that what people love even more than …

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June 2020: An American’s Search For Culture

Days sick: 0Days danced: 0This month I was getting a lot of tests done, reconnecting with a lot of people, moving back into DC, and starting a new venture (or two) online. I did some seminars & other book learnin’ for work-related things, in addition to (almost) finishing the redesign of my site. What I’m …

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Is Chocolate Vegan? (Complete Guide)

Chocolate can taste creamy and sweet and bitter and umami and sour… but is chocolate vegan? The short answer is that it depends; it can be. Many dark chocolates are vegan, and a small but rising number of white and milk chocolates are vegan. There’s currently no vegan ruby chocolate, but I have no doubt …

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