Posh pecan whip with Paul A Young

Posh pecan whip with Paul A Young

The latest from Paul A Young, including new seasonal flavours, his summer range of chocolate ice cream and details of his forthcoming book. We also look at Paul’s ‘reimagining’ of a childhood confectionery classic

Butterflies that Melt

Butterflies that Melt

We catch up with the latest products and happenings from Notting Hill chocolatier, Melt. This month featuring the seasonal Butterfly collection, new ice cream offerings and a limited edition bar

Real Food Festival

Real Food Festival

Today was the opening day of the Real Food Festival at London’s Earls Court exhibition centre. I managed to get a few hours in at the show where I caught up with Mott of the Grenada Chocolate Company at the Rococo stand. After Hurricane Ivan struck in 2004 followed by Hurrican Emily in 2005, the ..

New origins from Chocovic and Linköping Chokladfestival 2009

New origins from Chocovic and Linköping Chokladfestival 2009

Chocovic have two new origin offerings, brought in to supplement their existing small origin range. Both bars are a step up in quality for the Spanish bean to bar maker, who are also owners of the Sampaka chocolatier chain and suppliers to upmarket Spanish brands such as Enrico Rovira. We tried them at the Linköping Chokladfestival 2009 with Art Pollard and Maja Berthas

Willie’s Chocolate Revolution reviewed – part 2

Day 2 of Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s chocolate revolution. Not as exciting as the first programme, but I guess we’re building up for the big finish tomorrow and we did get a peak inside a British bean to bar fine chocolate factory, which was a first

Willie’s Chocolate Revolution reviewed – part 1

Willie Harcourt-Cooze is back on British TV, this time to produce a fully fledged 72% eating bar and so become Britain’s only bean-to-bar fine chocolate maker. Here are my musings on the matter, typed in while eating dinner and munching on a kilo of Amedie Chuao

Criollo, a danger to us all?

Criollo, a danger to us all?

Opinions can get rather heated in the world of fine chocolate. Any subject that stirs a great deal of passion in its followers, and engages us in an exploration of its detail and finesse, is likely to lead to different camps and strong viewpoints. Sometimes this can be good natured, and sometimes things can get ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 21 – Panama City

After an early breakfast featuring the Lodge’s signature chocolate bread – made with cacao liquor produced on the farm but not at all sweet – we all set off back to Bocas, where Steve and I said our goodbyes to Tom and Kate and boarded the mid morning flight back to Panama City. Sitting in ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 20 – cacao farms in Bocas del Toro

A day messing about on boats, spinning about different islands and stops around the lagoon investigating cacao production in the Bocas del Toro area. Before setting off though, our host Steve took us and the other guests at La Loma on a short tour of the Lodge’s cacao growing area and the butterfly farm. This ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 19 – La Loma, The Jungle Lodge

Observant blog watchers will have noticed that this and the following entries of my August travel blog are a little out of date. This is not so much because I gave up writing in Panama, just I ran out of time to post before returning and then found myself smack in the middle of the ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 18 – Panama, Orlando Lozada’s farm

We spent the morning looking around the mainland town of Almirante, after taking a boat from Hotel Angela. Later after an hour on a bus we were given a lift through what seemed like miles of banana plantations, finally arriving at the farm and family home of Orlando Lozada, the cacao farmer who has been ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 17 – Panama

A chance to relax and get a lie-in in Panama City before catching our afternoon flight to Bocas del Toro, the cacao production and heavy tourist region in the north west of the country. Our connection with Panama stared a couple of years ago when we were contacted by two different ex-pats living in Panama ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 16 – Venezuela reflections

By this morning we were more than ready to leave Venezuela. This leg of the trip had been very rewarding, for me at least, but also frustrating. Next time I’ll know more what to expect. I guess once you get used to the Venezuelan pace of life and the propensity to say ‘no’ as the ..

Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 15 – Venezuela frustrations

Our last full day in Venezuela was full of flight frustrations and banking problems. We’d underestimated how many bolívars we’d need for some of our taxis, and once again I had to go through the painful process of trying to withdraw money from a Venezuelan bank – I had a supply of dollars, always a ..