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Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater

We’re used to paying about $1 for a bar of chocolate. But that price undercuts the farmer, the flavor, and the finesse that it takes to make good chocolate. To understand why many craft chocolate makers have adopted the direct-trade model — and higher prices — let’s look at how Big Chocolate works with farmers.

An excerpt from ‘Bean to Bar: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution’

Bron: Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater

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Daintree taps Whole Sugarcane Sweetener to halve sugar in chocolate

Australian firm Daintree Estates is using a sweetener combo derived from sugarcane for its new milk chocolate range Fyto that it claims can half total sugar content.

Bron: Daintree taps Whole Sugarcane Sweetener to halve sugar in chocolate

 

“INDIA is going to be a super popular origin for craft chocolate in 2018.

Chocolate makers have developed a big curiosity for the fine cacao that grows in this country, and many of them have recently flown from Europe and the US to personally explore the beauty of this country’s cacao plantations. If you take a close look on Instagram, you would know who they are.
Some other makers are a step ahead and have already released a chocolate bar made with Indian fine cacao (Areté from California, US to name one).
The main source of this popular fine cacao is the Indian company GoGround Beans and Spices.

They don’t have an Instagram account and I didn’t even find a website actually, but they do have a Facebook page that you can check out. They are getting a looot of attention lately.
Although Latin America is still the main source of fine cacao for craft chocolate, several makers are looking East for new flavor profiles and exciting experiments. As you should know by now, the heart of a chocolate maker never settles.
Have you tried Single Origin chocolate made with Indian cacao?

Bron: Sharon Terenzi op Instagram: “INDIA is going to be a super popular origin for craft chocolate in 2018 🍫🌱🙌 Chocolate makers have developed a big curiosity for the fine…” • Instagram

 

Vintage Photos Show Puerto Rico 100 Years Ago

Recent hurricanes have devastated the region, but in 1924, the island was booming.

Bron: Vintage Photos Show Puerto Rico 100 Years Ago

 

De waarde van goedkope chocolade 

De prijs van een reep chocolade is, ook met Fairtrade, dermate laag, dat veel, vooral Afrikaanse boeren, geen menswaardig leven kunnen leiden.

Bron: De waarde van goedkope chocolade – ClearChox

 

Why do we love chocolate?

 

This is one of the many reasons for loving chocolate… Just awesome…

 

“What scares me the most about “targeted markets”…

What scares me the most about “targeted markets” is that big chocolate companies seem to target ignorance more than anything else 🍫📌
“Let’s throw any crap at them, they don’t know how to recognize the good stuff anyway.”
The latest innovations from big chocolate manufacturers never target those markets who have a long-time experience with chocolate. Like Europe for example, where people are most likely to recognize a good product because of a long-time tradition, a certain familiarity and daily use and consumption of that food 🔎🍫
Nope, that would be too challenging, and consumers would sense a badly made product from a distance.
Let’s bring our cheaply produced and full-of-crap new chocolate product to a place where people don’t have enough education on the matter to understand or be concerned with what they are eating, like China for example 🇨🇳✈
Chinese people don’t have a tradition of eating chocolate, as they are just opening up to the idea of chocolate as a food that can be consumed more often than just in special occasions. So you can imagine the widely-spread education on reading labels and recognizing quality in chocolate products (like I would personally have no clue on how to recognize a good tea or a good soy sauce).
Never the focus on education though 💁‍♀️🌱
Only on getting as much money as possible out of a new full wallet. And the “saturated market” is just an excuse to me. With a great reputation and a great chocolate, any saturated market will welcome a new product with enthusiasm 🎉🍫
Unfortunately, most of these big chocolate manufacturers are lacking both.
What are your thoughts on chocolate and the Chinese market? 👇

Bron: Sharon Terenzi op Instagram: “What scares me the most about “targeted markets” is that big chocolate companies seem to target ignorance more than anything else 🍫📌 “Let’s…” • Instagram

 
 
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