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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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9 Best Ethical Whole Foods Chocolate Brands & Bars

Growing up in the US, going to Whole Foods was a special occurrence, reserved for birthdays and whenever I convinced my mom we needed fancy hummus. As I grew older and began doing all my own grocery shopping and cooking (fancy hummus occasionally included), I quickly learned that when it comes to health food stores, …

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13 Unique Vietnamese Desserts to Try in Vietnam

Vietnam does not make people think of sweets, by any means. In fact, you’ll notice a lot of the same players in the Vietnam dessert scene: coconut, rice, bananas, and fruit jellies. This has much to do with what foods are able to grow in Vietnam, meaning that the differences between northern and southern Vietnamese …

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Jeju Chocolate Guide: Korea’s Most Famous Chocolates

To those looking for the best chocolate in South Korea, well, quite frankly I’d send you elsewhere. Seoul’s chocolate scene is much more developed than that of Jeju, while Busan chocolate is about on this same level. But for those of you specifically looking for quality chocolate in Jeju, I’ve got your back. Jeju chocolate …

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Korean Chocolate Culture: From Bean to Bar & Beyond

Korean chocolate is a topic close to my heart, as I’ve been living in South Korea for the last three years, and watched the local market blossom. However, South Korea is rarely— if ever— associated with great chocolate. It’s not that Korean chocolate has a bad reputation, but rather that it doesn’t have a reputation …

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*Azzan Chocolate 70%

Bar: 70% Dark Maker: Azzan Chocolate (Buon Me Thuot, Vietnam) Price: $6/60g (Gift From Friend) Munch Factor: 4/10 Ingredients: cacao beans, sugar. Appearance: beautiful white paper covered in animal, cacao, and human motifs, the bar is held together by a bright red paper with the brand name & logo printed in gold. Bar is dark brown with …

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*Cocoa Republic 65% with Blue Mountain Coffee

Bar: 65% with Blue Mountain Coffee Maker: Cocoa Republic Chocolate (Trinidad) Price: $5.50/30g (LUVCACAO) Munch Factor: 5.5/10 Ingredients: Trinitario Cocoa Beans from Trinidad, Demerara Brown Sugar from Guyana, Organic Cocoa Butter, Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin. Appearance: colorful but not overly bright cacao pods decorate a small, thin white package; ingredients and info are on …

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Tokyo Chocolate: Bean To Bar Guide

Tokyo is undeniably the hub of Japanese craft chocolate culture. Both in terms of the number & density of makers and the variety of styles, origins, and approaches, the Tokyo chocolate scene is bursting with opportunities for indulgence. After visiting the best Tokyo restaurants— themselves among the best in the world— you now have over a dozen …

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Busan Chocolate Guide: 9 Shops To Check Out

​The Busan chocolate scene is all over the place. Unlike chocolate in Seoul, Busan chocolate shops are all ridiculously far apart via public transportation. It took me a few several trips to Busan to be able to visit them all, so whether you’re a visitor or a resident, the Busan chocolate scene is not an …

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