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*Fresco Chocolate Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212

Bar: Dominican Republic 72% Recipe 212 Maker: Fresco Chocolate (Lynden, WA, USA) Price: $8/50g (Chocolopolis in Seattle, USA) Munch Factor: 2.5/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter. Appearance: hunter green-brown, squat rectangular packaging with swirly cacao pod logo & company name centered. Information on the cacao & processing choices are on the back. Thin gold aluminum …

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*Brasstown Chocolate Sea Salt 62%

Bar: Sea Salt 62% Maker: Brasstown Chocolate (Winston-Salem, NC, USA) Price: $10/60g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 6/10 Ingredients: Certified Organic Cacao Beans, Raw Sugar, Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Chardonnay Oak Smoked Sea Salt. Appearance: deep blue rectangular packaging with the heavyhanded “BRASSTOWN” printed across the front and a blacked-out bottom underlining a boat in shadow. The …

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*Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé Kardamom 77%

Bar: Kardamom 77% Maker: Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé (Budapest, Hungary) Price: $14/70g (Summit & Spice in Anchorage, AK) Munch Factor: 4.5/10 Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, cardamom. Appearance: square black & white packaging with illustrations that recall the Aztecs, including cacao pods & trees, gourds, and birds. This is covered by a paper that …

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*Cloudforest Chocolate Camino Verde 73%

Bar: Camino Verde Ecuador 73% Maker: Cloudforest Chocolate (Portland, OR, USA) Price: $6.75/35g (Sugar Pill in Seattle, USA) Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter. Appearance: small square white packaging with a real dried cacao tree leaf seen through a large hole cut into the center of the packaging. It’s quite lovely. The inner …

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*Theo’s Lemon Milk Chocolate 45%

Bar: Lemon Milk Chocolate 45% Maker: Theo’s Chocolate (Seattle, WA, USA) Price: $4/85g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 7.5/10 Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar, Organic Fair Trade Cacao Beans, Organic Fair Trade Cacao Butter, Organic Milk Powder, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Fair Trade Ground Vanilla Bean. Appearance: like all Theo bars, this one is rectangular with the circular …

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*Roasting Masters Esmeraldas 70%

Bar: Esmeraldas 70% Maker: The Roasting Masters (Seoul, South Korea) Price: $7.50/35g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 3/10 Ingredients: Cocoa beans, cane sugar, soy lecithin (0.5%). Appearance: first thing that catches your eye is the teal & pink squares that make up the bulk of the art deco-like packaging, then the shiny gold name, and finally …

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Craft Chocolate Will Continue to Grow.

Craft chocolate is on the way up, and it’s not even close to plateauing. Almost anyone in the industry even just half a decade ago would have described craft chocolate, often called “bean to bar chocolate,” as a small but growing segment of the market; slowly but surely we were changing the way people consume chocolate. …

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