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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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Alluvia Chocolatier: Vietnam’s Newest Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Maker?

But Wait…Why is it a Question? To start, I want to address the elephant dominating the tail end of the sentence— a question mark. Concerns were raised by fellow chocolate people, as well as myself, in regard to the bean-to-bar nature of Alluvia Chocolatier‘s products. Their advertisement material in English conflicts with itself in a …

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*NomNom Chocolate Halen Mon 45%

Bar: Halen Mon (Vietnam) Maker: NomNom Chocolate (Llanboidy, Whales) Price: ~$6.50/85g (gift from a friend) Munch Factor: 7.5/10 Ingredients: Cocoa Beans (Vietnam), Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Vanilla (98%). Halen Mon Pure Sea Salt (0.5%). Halen Mon Oak Smoked Sea Salt (0.5%). Beech Smoke Extract (0.2%). Appearance: a moderate to light brown color in a plain blocked mold with …

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*Cocosun Jobar Milk Chocolate (& Changes)

Bar: Jobar Milk (Ecuador) Maker: Cocosun Chocolate (Pingtung County, Taiwan) Price: $6/28g (Direct From Maker) Munch Factor: 8/10 Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder. Appearance: medium brown thin bar, drowning in the packaging, with cacao pods & leaves etched into the mold. Aroma: sweet caramel & cocoa. Melt & Snap: okay melt & nice snap. Flavor: smoky, …

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Tasting Exclusive Chocolate: Cacao Review Collection #1

Practice what you preach. Hammered into my head as a kid, this advice had lead to me making many questionable choices in the name of fine chocolate. Just last month I spent $20 on a cheap hostel for the weekend, and then a few hundred dollars on fine chocolate around Seoul. It was all in …

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*Maraná Chocolate Piura 40% Milk Chocolate

Bar: Piura (40%) Maker: Maraná Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price:  $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 1.5/10 Munch Factor: 4/10 Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Skim Milk, Almonds and Soy Lecithin. Appearance: pretty light brown color with nice temper; pre-broken mold with the maker’s branded M in the center of each rectangle. Aroma: really sweet …

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*Maraná San Martín 40% Milk Chocolate

Bar: San Martín (40%) Maker: Maraná Chocolate (Lima, Peru) Price: $6.50/70g (La Esquina Verde) Overall Rating: 4/10 Munch Factor: 7/10 Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Skim Milk, Almonds and Soy Lecithin Appearance: 15-block pre-broken mold with light brown color and smooth facade. Aroma: Sweet & nutty with notes of floral honey that remind …

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December 2015: Chocolate & Christmas on the Cape

Ah, the return after your first long trip abroad. The return to routine. My long-awaited chocolate making equipment arrived this month, and it marked the beginning of an era. I made a goat’s milk chocolate, and saw family on Cape Cod, for the last time for a long time.​ Days Danced: 9! Days Sick: 2 …

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Home Chocolate Making: Milk Powder Experimentation

On a whim, my first attempt at chocolate making occurred in three rounds, and its purpose was to figure out which milk powder I like best in my milk chocolate. These are the results, as well as the ratios if you choose to follow along at home. Building a Recipe For Chocolate Once I obtained …

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*Charm School 49% Coconut Milk Chocolate

Bar: 49% Coconut Milk Chocolate Maker: Charm School Chocolate (Reisterstown, MD, USA) Price: $6/60g (Mom’s Organic Market) Overall Rating: 7/10 Munch Factor: 9/10 Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Bean Appearance: Pretty, tilted personalized mold with the brand on it; light brown color. Aroma: Mapley sugar with sweet …

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