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Welcome to The Chocolate Review
Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Do you skip past everything on a dessert menu that doesn't have the word chocolate in it?
  • Do you remember a restaurant by how good its chocolate desserts are?
  • Are the words "too chocolatey" hard for you to relate to?
  • Can you identify by sight, the center of each candy in an assorted box of your favorite chocolates?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the website for you! I have spent my life worshiping chocolate, tasting every new bar or truffle that I happen upon, buying every cookbook I encounter with the word Chocolate in the title, wandering through grocery stores in foreign countries to see what new treasures I can discover, and of course sampling the chocolate dessert at every restaurant I visit.

Chocolate Comes Of Age

Over the last few years, you may have noticed as I have, the tremendous growth in the variety of chocolate bars available to the average consumer. I commented several years ago that chocolate would become the "new coffee", and I believe that is exactly what has happened. Our choices used to be dark, milk or white, with or without nuts. You might come across the occasional chocolate bar with orange peel or mint, maybe even one with coffee beans, but each chocolate maker basically sold one dark chocolate bar and one milk chocolate bar. Now, the stores are bursting with chocolate bars boasting origins from around the globe such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Madagascar, Trinidad and San Tomé. Even chocolate makers such as Hershey and Nestle have joined the "single origin" mania, producing special reserve bars and bars with different percentages of cocoa emblazoned on the new upscale packaging.

Our Mission

While it might be fun to sample every bar and confection that you come across, most of our waistlines cannot afford it. As Chocloisseurs, we want to be satisfied when we do indulge in chocolate, and with the unending selection available, that can be quite a challenging decision. This website is the chocolate lover's treasure map on their journey to becoming a Chocloisseur. It will give you the knowledge to make gratifying choices every time you eat chocolate.

We review chocolate in all its delectable forms, from the finest pure chocolate bars from around the world, to the beautifully sculpted confections available in chocolate shops small and large, global and local, to favorite restaurant desserts and treasured recipes. We want to hear from you, so if there is a bar or confection you think the world should know about, write to us and let us know what you'd like to see. We invite you to explore the website to read more about our story and our favorite recipes, learn about the history of chocolate, and survey our suggestions for cookbooks and further reading. When this website began, I started with a pile of 156 different chocolate bars, begging to be included, not to mention all the amazing truffles and confections, beautifully sculped edible pieces of art. The list is endless, so check back regularly to see what's new!

 

 

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