2018 – An exciting year for Premium Chocolate
Our online chocolate selection of fairtrade chocolate, organic chocolate and
single origin chocolate bars continued to grow in 2017, as more and more
chocolate lovers discovered both the pleasure and health benefits of such
And it’s a trend that looks set to continue in 2018 and beyond.
The trend for intimate knowledge of where food has been
sourced from has boomed in the ‘gastro-pub’ & restaurant industries, with
many establishments now able to boast their own livestock etc.
And chocolate really isn’t any different. True artisan chocolatiers
have long appreciated the subtle differences of particular, cocoa growing
regions, even down to the individual farm or cocoa plantation and the variety
of cocoa grown. For them, sustainability of the cocoa source is crucial to not
only their success, but the livelihoods of the communities surrounding the
individual cocoa plantations.
Because the cocoa varies between harvests, the process of
creating a premium chocolate bar is constantly changing, and why no two bars
from the same estate may have the same flavour profile over different harvests.
The skill is in extracting an exciting and satisfying
flavour profile from an individual cocoa harvest, to produce an outstanding and
very often award-winning, range of chocolate bars.
This process is in sharp contrast to ‘commercial’ chocolate
makers who will blend different cocoas to achieve a consistent flavour profile,
no matter which bar you eat or couverture you bake with.
The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have long been
catalogued but as our taste for the exotic combines with a growing concern for
how ingredients are grown and produced, and not just the workers, but the
environment their grown in, so chocolatiers continue to invest in not just the
small co-operatives and cocoa farmers, but their environments too.
Which is good news for everyone from chocoholics to the
occasional ‘chocolate treat’ & chocolate gift customer.
Chocolate Trading Co retails single origin chocolate bars
and couvertures from over 30 different, artisan chocolate makers. Our online range
includes organic, fairtrade, vegan and soya free chocolates to name but a few,
and to make it easier to find the chocolate with taste or ingredient
credentials you’re interested in, we’ve a series of ‘free-from’ shop pages to
help you choose.
Explore a little further and you’ll find helpful chocolate
tasting notes and chocolate flavour profiles on every bar and cooking
chocolate. We’ve even included the origin of the cocoa/cocoas used in the
individual bars and the variety/strain of cocoa that was used.
Our dedicated chocolatier pages, as well as showcasing that
particular brand’s chocolates, give you insights into the ethical trading
policies of that chocolate maker, and the passion that drives them to produce
the World’s finest chocolate.
Why not join us in 2018 for your own chocolate journey of