Tag Archives: chocolate

How to choose chocolate for a chocolate tasting party

One of the best parts of a chocolate tasting is choosing the chocolates—which makers, which bars, what order? Clearly, there are a lot of variables, chief among them what’s available in your area. It’s also important to think about who will be at the tasting. Are they dark chocolate connoisseurs...

When will sweets get their due?

At first glance, these seem like sweet times. Eater just wrapped up Dessert Week (don’t miss Bill Addison’s roundup of his favourite desserts in America, which reads like a paean to pie), Dominique Ansel opened his London pastry shop to much fanfare (cronut with your afternoon tea?), and Christina Tosi...

Meet the Maker: Thibault Fregoni of Matale Chocolate

I have many favourite things, but travelling and chocolate are definitely tops. Even better is when I get to travel and meet chocolate makers, like I did this February on a trip to Australia. I had one weekend in Melbourne—hardly enough to even crack the surface of such a vibrant...

Meet the Maker: Bertil Akesson of Akesson’s

Bertil Akesson is a household name within chocolate circles. If you’ve tasted a single-origin bar from Madagascar, especially from a US bean-to-bar chocolate maker, chances are good that it was made with Bertil’s beans. (Those in the biz call him Bert, but it seems an overly chummy name for such...

Meet the Maker: Hodie Rondeau of Xoxolat

Vancouverites may know Xoxolat as the source for fine chocolate from around the world, but they might not know Hodie, the brain and heart of it all. I’ve had the honour of working with Hodie for the last few years. Where I’m spreadsheets and to-do lists, Hodie is creative vision...