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Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Makers Dare To Bare How It's Done : NPR

Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Makers Dare To Bare How It's Done : NPR | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Chocolate entrepreneurs say their obsession with controlling every step of production, from the farm to the finished bar, makes for better tasting chocolate, and a more ethical, open relationship with farmers.
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Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, July 22 ― An upstart US food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy.

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'Myco Technology' uses #mushrooms to reduce bitterness in #cocoa beans and cut #sugar content in #chocolate #candy

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The Iron You - A healthy living blog with tasty recipes: Caramel Chocolate Mousse (Paleo & Vegan)

The Iron You - A healthy living blog with tasty recipes: Caramel Chocolate Mousse (Paleo & Vegan) | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it

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Chocolate lovers need to pay more for their favourite treat

Chocolate lovers need to pay more for their favourite treat | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
There's already a global cocoa shortage, but prices haven't risen enough to make it worthwhile for cocoa farmers. They're switching to rubber instead.
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GO Arts: From Maya to Theo’s: Chocolate gets a fun, multimedia history treatment at MOHAI | Arts and Culture | The News Tribune

GO Arts: From Maya to Theo’s: Chocolate gets a fun, multimedia history treatment at MOHAI | Arts and Culture | The News Tribune | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
It’s awfully hard to explain chocolate without eating it – but in “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry does an excellent job, and gives families a fun, multimedia reason to make the trip to South Lake Union. Just opened and on through September, “Chocolate” offers an image-rich tour through the history of this delicacy from rainforests and Mayans to contemporary Seattle makers, pulling in a millennium of detail and culture along the way with replicas, wall photos, videos and touchscreens – not to mention truffle cushions, more on that later ­– that strike a perfect balance between engaging and informative, especially for kids. And yes, there are tastings, too, in weekend programming through summer. After a dark-brown entryway with chocolate boxes and piped-in chocolate smells, the exhibit opens with a rainforest: a fake one, that is, but still pretty fun. A central “cacao tree” looks realistic and gives and idea of the football-sized cacao pods, while panels offer bilingual, kid-friendly explanations of compost, pollination and ecosystems in cacao plantations. Turn a corner, though, and you start a walk-through journey into chocolate’s history that is fascinating for adults and kids alike. Replicas of Mayan chocolate pots (with glyphs explaining one belonged to Lord Snake Jaguar) and incense burners explain the cultural and religious significance; there are stories and images of Mayan cacao traders in Mexico and a 1976 unearthing of a Mayan backyard cacao garden in El Salvador. The exhibit goes on through the Aztecs (chocolate as religious offerings, trading currency, food) with a handy kid-height cacao bean abacus for calculating an Aztec grocery bill. Big wall graphics explain the Spanish conquest (including Hernán Cortés discovering a treasury full of beans rather than gold) and the migration of chocolate (and other New World commodities) to Europe, with the ensuing era of colonization. Whole rooms recreate fancy 17 th -century European chocolate houses with fine china, art and the Spanish chocolate frothing stick called a molinillo; the contrast with the sweaty slave plantations that supported them is sharp, and “Chocolate” doesn’t shy away from it, or from the ecological and fair-trade issues that now surround the chocolate industry. Wending its way through big displays of vintage American candy paraphernalia and other fascinating history (including a wall-size photo of a Paris chocolate factory c. 1900), the exhibit finally ends at a photo-op that kids will love: an oversize chocolate box wall, where you can pose on fluffy brown truffle cushions. This being a traveling show, the Seattle component is small, but does take in some of the city’s many local makers such as Fran’s and Theo’s, with a handy map and tastings every weekend.
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Super fun and educational! Sep. 22nd mark your calendars!
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This Artist 3D Printed Chocolate to Protest Machines

This Artist 3D Printed Chocolate to Protest Machines | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Where many see an up-and-coming economic engine in 3D printing, Saso Sedlacek sees just another type of automation that will amplify economic crises.
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Information Warfare Blog | Raw Chocolate Health Benefits

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Interesting Health Facts about Raw Chocolate!

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2013 Best Cocoa Farmer awarded in Amsterdam | Business News 2014-06-15

2013 Best Cocoa Farmer awarded in Amsterdam | Business News 2014-06-15 | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
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Raw Chocolate Oats with A Strawberry Heart | Rachael Campbell

Raw Chocolate Oats with A Strawberry Heart | Rachael Campbell | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
By day, she's a digital marketing consultant and fashion blogger at Visual Therapy, and by night she blogs about superfood breakfasts and contributes to the lululemon blog. Raw Chocolate Oats with A Strawberry Heart.
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Chocolate makers go from bean to bar

Chocolate makers go from bean to bar | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Tim Simpson ladles warm chocolate into plastic moulds in the back room of a little shop on Roger Street.
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Demarquette « Chocolate World

Demarquette – Fine Chocolates is the ultimate standard in the artisan production of luxury hand-made fine chocolates. Created in 2006 and run by British born Master Chocolatier Marc Demarquette, Marc sources only the finest ingredients to ...
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Food: Raw Chocolate Mousse Recipe - We Heart Fashion

Food: Raw Chocolate Mousse Recipe - We Heart Fashion | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Nothing tastes better than chocolate right? Whatever it is, a bar of chocolate, chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake. One problem, it's full of those.
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Chocolate Making Masterclass with Shelly Preston from Boutique Aromatique | Welbeck Estate

Chocolate Making Masterclass with Shelly Preston from Boutique Aromatique | Welbeck Estate | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Just 10 spaces left for our Chocolate Making Masterclass at our home at @welbeckfarmshop on Thursday 3rd July. http://t.co/OewO66sgcz
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Recipe: Chocolate is in the Air, Vegan Style | VegWorld Magazine

Recipe: Chocolate is in the Air, Vegan Style | VegWorld Magazine | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Yum! Try these raw chocolate brownie balls...you'll love them (and healthy too)!! http://t.co/3MzVdzFZDq
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Raw Chocolate Brownies with Rich Chocolate Shell (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Raw Chocolate Brownies with Rich Chocolate Shell (Gluten Free & Vegan) | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Protein packed brownie dough… UM, yes please! Hemp seeds, dates, nuts, raw
cacao… It’s like a love affair that you just don’t want to keep a secret! 

Not only does it feel like a seedy celebration, but this recipe takes
little more than a food processor. No oven, no flour, NO REFINED SUGAR, no
fuss. 

OH, and why stop at just the brownie when you can have a drizzle of
chocolate sauce? Exactly. 

Super excited to share this versatile recipe... Feel free to swap out
certain nuts and seeds for your favorites. I like to serve mine with a
banana "ice cream" (pictures above, recipe coming soon)!

Have fun with this raw yummy goodness. I’m smiling now just thinking about
how happy you’re going to be when you get cracking in the kitchen on this
one!

Raw Chocolate Brownies with Rich Chocolate Shell (Gluten Free & Vegan)

For the brownie:

* 6 dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
* 1/2 cup whole pecans
* 1/2 cup whole walnuts
* ⅓  cup sliced almonds
* ½  cup hemp seeds
* ¼  cup flax seeds
* 2 tablespoons chia seeds
* Just over ¼ cup cacao nibs
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 pinch of salt

For the chocolate shell:

* ½ cup coconut oil
* ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus a little extra for extra love)
* 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
* Splash of pure vanilla extract
* 1 whole cinnamon stick

For the brownie:

Line a 9 x 9 baking dish (glass or ceramic preferred) with wax paper.

In a food processor, blend all of the brownie ingredients until the mixture
is thick, blended, and a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the
baking dish. Place the dish in the freezer and let the brownie set for 6
hours or preferably overnight.  

For the chocolate shell:

Add all of the chocolate shell ingredients to a small saucepan over
medium-low heat. Stir the mixture over the heat until everything is fully
incorporated. Once incorporated, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool
for a few minutes so that it has time to set. With a spoon or small
spatula, drizzle the mixture on top of the brownie and place the dish back
in the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight so that the chocolate layer can
fully harden, and can form a beautiful shell.

To serve:

Take the brownie out of the freezer. Run a very sharp knife under hot
water, and cut the brownie into squares. Serve topped with your favorite
frozen dessert!
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Out of Africa And Into Asia – Chocolate Makers Eye Asian Demand - MoneyBeat - WSJ

Out of Africa And Into Asia – Chocolate Makers Eye Asian Demand - MoneyBeat - WSJ | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Asia’s growing numbers of chocoholics are driving chocolate producers to produce and process cocoa in the region.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Hi-Hat Cupcakes {Gluten Free}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hi-Hat Cupcakes {Gluten Free} | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Um, yeah, I went there. Rich chocolate cupcakes stuffed with peanut butter cups, topped with smooth peanut butter frosting, dipped in bittersweet chocolate and devoured! No gluten in... Read More &...
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Turning cocoa beans into chocolate bars | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

Turning cocoa beans into chocolate bars | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
[image]''Artisan'' has become a buzzword among food cognoscenti.
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Farmers could earn more money by growing rarest Peruvian cocoa

Farmers could earn more money by growing rarest Peruvian cocoa | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Peru's government has asked Tasmanian chocolatier Igor Van Gerwen to inform farmers about the benefits of growing Peruvian Nacional cocoa, the rarest cocoa in the world,
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Buddha Chocolate Cup And Crystal Salt Bar Review

Buddha Chocolate Cup And Crystal Salt Bar Review | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
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Raw Chocolate Donut Holes with Strawberry Cream | Reboot With Joe

Raw Chocolate Donut Holes with Strawberry Cream | Reboot With Joe | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
When it's National Donut Day, there's only one thing I can think of doing...make raw donuts, of course! I was deciding between two flavors: chocolate with vanilla cream or a vanilla with strawberry cream. I decided to ask my boss what she thought and she had the brilliant idea for me to do chocolate with strawberry cream. Enjoy this recipe.
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Vegan Chocolate-Strawberry Cups (Nom Nom Nom!)

Vegan Chocolate-Strawberry Cups (Nom Nom Nom!) | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
Tall order, I know. But these chocolate strawberry cups hit it out of the. ... We've got a great lineup for you, with talks by Dr. Mark Hyman, fashion icon Amber Valletta, documentary producer Joe Cross, and more.
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Gluten Free SCD and Veggie: Golden Apple's Raw Chocolate Bars GF

Gluten Free SCD and Veggie: Golden Apple's Raw Chocolate Bars GF | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
The tanginess of the apple combined with a subtle cinnamon flavour is delicious and combined with the smooth, perfectly sweet and delicate raw chocolate coating, it is pure bliss! Incan (or Inca) berries also appear on the ...
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Raw Chocolate Fudge | Madeleine Shaw

Raw Chocolate Fudge | Madeleine Shaw | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
@Oliver_Jagus @NicolaHoneywood on my website http://t.co/78BRIscV5Y
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Chocolate Pound Cake

Old fashioned Chocolate Pound Cake with Mocha Frosting made from scratch. A light poundcake made with butter, shortening, cocoa and evaporated milk.
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raw chocolate walnut ice cream | RAW FOR BEAUTY

raw chocolate walnut ice cream | RAW FOR BEAUTY | Everything Chocolate | Scoop.it
RAW CHOCOLATE WALNUT ICE CREAM Makes one large tub for yourself or for sharing INGREDIENTS: 2 cup of walnuts 2 cup of water 1 cup of maple syrup or honey 2 tablespoons of cacao powder 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (optional) 1/2 teaspoon of himalayan...
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