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Castronovo gourmet chocolate

Castronovo: Gourmet Chocolate Made in Florida

by Ramon E Martinez March 19, 2018

It is almost impossible to give an opinion about the quality of a gourmet chocolate bar, as well as it is a good wine, without having tasted it. That is why we, the Club ChoKolate’s team, decided to go to the Castronovo Chocolate’s factory, located in the State of Florida, United States. We knew that the only way of proving the quality and excellence of its bean-to-bar product was in a tasting.

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Franceschi Gourmet Chocolate

The stories behind the producers of gourmet chocolate

by Ramon E Martinez March 16, 2018

What do the Venezuelans Claudia and Mariela Franceschi, and the North Americans Denise Castronovo and her husband Jim have in common? They produce gourmet chocolate of excellent quality with cacao from recognized origins among the world’s best chocolate. To tell their stories and show you what they share, I will start with the Franceschi sisters.

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Dark Chocolate Glossary by Club ChoKolate

Dark Chocolate Glossary by Club ChoKolate

by Ramon E Martinez March 08, 2018

Bean-to-bar: A term used to identify the artisan or craft method to prepare the chocolate. The chocolate maker acquires the cacao beans, as opposed to buying couverture, minimally process them in his or her facility and makes chocolate. It provides a more controlled environment for the chocolate-making

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Cacao 102: All the basics you need to know

by Ramon E Martinez February 25, 2018

In this second and final article about essential cacao information, we will be discussing the different cacao varietals...

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How is the best chocolate in the world made?

How is the best chocolate in the world made?

by Ramon E Martinez February 19, 2018

To make the best chocolate in the world first you need good-quality cacao beans. Usually, high-quality chocolate makers pay premium prices to obtain high-quality cacao beans. 

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Chocolate Definition by Club ChoKolate

Chocolate Definition by Club ChoKolate

by Ramon E Martinez February 11, 2018

“Chocolate” is a food obtained by the mixture of two ingredients derived from the cacao bean: Cacao paste, also known as cacao mass, cacao solids or cacao liquor, and cacao butter.  Then, sugar is added to give it some sweetness.

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