David Siegel’s Chocolate Porn

High-end chocolate is a gift for yourself and your friends

One of the three chocolate sections in a single department store in Geneva. The Swiss eat twice as much chocolate per-capita as any other country in the world.

The Basics

Forastero or Trinitario on the left; Criollo on the right.

The Bad News

From my tour of the Felchlin factory in Schweiz. On the left, they are making “couverture” 5kg bars for restaurants and manufacturers. On the right is the conching process, which makes the bars taste more smooth. Most Felchlin bars are conched for 72 hours, which is much longer than other Swiss manufacturers.

Chocolate Contains Theobromine

How to Taste Chocolate

Chocolate Porn

Amedei

Domori

Chocolates El Rey

Cluizel

Original Beans

Valrhona

Books on Chocolate

Now in it’s third edition, The True History of Chocolate, by Michael and Sophie Coe is an excellent introduction to the origins and popularization of chocolate.
Now in its second edition, The Science of Chocolate is a chocolate-nerd’s dream, especially all the molecular diagrams, crystals, and processing temperatures.
The Roca brothers own El Celler de Can Roca, which has been voted the best restaurant in the world. They journey back to Central America to learn chocolate’s secrets.
Chocolat, by Pierre Marcolini. Marcolini has very high-end fancy stores that sell mostly fancy Forastero, but he has sponsored a few interesting Criollo projects and is genuinely interested in taking the craft to a new level.
The New Taste of Chocolate, by Marisel Presilla, is a classic. She is a giant of chocolate education. I usually bring a copy to my tastings and give it to the person who asks the most questions. Makes a great gift.

Summary

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.

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