With the best day of the year, World Chocolate Day, fast approaching we thought we might look a little deeper into the world of chocolate.
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
It may not come as a surprise to you that the UK is right up there in world rankings when it comes to chocolate consumption. Depending on which statistics you are reading, the figure falls somewhere in the region of 8kg of chocolate per person per year!
That certainly sounds like a LOT of chocolate. But, all you have to do is divide this number by 365 days in the year and you get the perfectly respectable figure of just 22g of chocolate a day. Twenty-two grams of chocolate a day, especially if it is Rebel Chocolate, sounds perfectly reasonable to us. Absolutely!
“Excuse me but I think you are eating too much chocolate”
“No, I don’t think so. I am only eating 22g a day!”
At Rebel Chocolate, we are trying to spread a message that chocolate, especially on World Chocolate Day, the best day of the year, doesn’t have to be a sugar-laden super-sweet confectionary. It is absolutely possible to get great chocolate, made of course from great quality cocoa. You just have to know where to look.
To make great chocolate you have to start with great cocoa
Starting with great cocoa is extremely important to us. Did you know that there is more than one variety of cocoa?
- Criollo: Highest quality and rare, but low yield and more prone to disease. Makes very high quality chocolate.
- Forastero: Makes up 80 – 90% of World cocoa production, but relatively poor quality. As you might have guessed, most chocolate produced in the World is predominantly made using this poorer quality cocoa. Something to think about for sure.
- Trinitario: This is a hybrid of Criollo crossed with Forastero. Trinitario cocoa typically makes high quality chocolate and it provides better yields than Criollo and is more resistant to disease.
At Rebel Chocolate, we love to highlight how different varieties of cocoa impact the final flavour profile of our chocolate.
If you would like to see this in action grab a bar of our Single Origin Madagascan and a bar of our Single Origin Colombian chocolate and do a side-by-side taste test. These two chocolates are made to the exact same recipe, the only difference is the origin of the cocoa.
I will not bias your opinions by telling you what flavours I find in each chocolate. Instead on this World Chocolate Day I will let you discover, and enjoy, the amazing differences in flavours (and aromas, go ahead and smell it) that these two chocolates provide.
We would love to hear your experience of the flavours you discover in Rebel Chocolate, so please let us know.
Should you wish to buy a bar or two just click here.
We hope you enjoy.