All About Fine Chocolate by Cat Black

  • Christmas chocolate shopping 2016

    November 29, 2016

    Here are my recommendations from the hugely tempting array of Christmas chocolates on offer.

    R Chocolates Christmas shapes.

    No more head scratching needed, my Christmas chocolate shopping recommendations will leave everyone you have to buy for feeling loved and satiated. There is something for everyone, and each year I thrill to the deliciousness and ingenuity of all the chocolate creations to be had! But before we look at gifts for others, what about advent calendars! You don't have very long until the start of December, and there is no more surefire way to brighten...

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  • The Chocolate Show, The International Chocolate Awards & The Chocolate Dessert of the Year!

    October 31, 2016

    An update on the busiest weeks of my chocolate year!

    The Chocolate Show fashion show.

    Boy oh boy, the last few weeks have been full of chocolate happenings! And it all came to a head during Chocolate Week and The Chocolate Show at Olympia (14th-16th October). Please forgive my delay in writing it all up for you, I've had a technical glitch on the blog, but all fine now, fingers crossed. Chocolate Week always sees delicious happenings up and down the country. And The Chocolate Show, now in its 4th year,...

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  • The German/Austrian/Swiss International Chocolate Awards ceremony in Hannover

    September 27, 2016

    It's only a short hop to the Gourmet Chocolate Festival in Hannover, and lots of award winning chocolates!

    Clement Chococult bars

    Friday the 16th September saw me on a plane to Hannover, Germany. I was on my way to the third, annual Gourmet Chocolate Festival, which ran from the 16th to 18th. The awards ceremony for the 2016 German/Austrian/Swiss heat of the International Chocolate Awards was to be held that evening within the festival, and I was doing the honours along with Michaela Schupp, German partner of the awards and dynamo behind the festival. [caption id="attachment_3229" align="alignnone"...

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  • A visit to The Winchester Cocoa Company

    August 30, 2016

    I took time to visit Chris Attewell in his shiny new chocolate den, and was amply rewarded!

    winchester cocoa box

    For my last post I brought you an interview with one of the new band of micro-batch bean to bar chocolate makers that are excitingly growing in number in the UK. Equally exciting to me is discovering chocolatiers and pastry chefs with understanding and sensitivity, who recognise chocolate’s full potential and are making the most of it. One such chocolatier is Chris Attewell, founder of The Winchester Cocoa Company. Chris launched his business in October 2014,...

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  • Dormouse Chocolates – an interview with its creator

    July 26, 2016

    Bean to bar chocolate in Manchester! Here is my interview with the lovely Isobel from Dormouse Chocolates.

    Isobel at a fair.

    Last month I attended the level 1 and level 2 courses run by The Institute of Chocolate Tasting, the brainchild of Martin Christy, Monica Meschini and Maricel Presilla (founding partners of The International Chocolate Awards). These courses are now officially accredited and an exceptional way to gain knowledge, as well as qualifications, in chocolate. I will write about them fully in a future post. I reference them here as the experience showed me what an...

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  • Sex, Drugs & Chocolate!

    June 28, 2016

    Just a little update this month on things you might want to be eating, and books you might want to be reading or cooking from.

    Bake Off Cover sized

    Dear Readers A short break in the chocolate schedule to bring you a reminder about the books I mentioned last summer that have been keeping me so busy. I hope you have been enjoying the interviews with wonderful chocolate people, and more importantly that you have enjoyed some of their delicious creations! I have more great interviews on the way over the coming months. If you are in the UK you might well want to know the...

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  • Peter Svenningsen – chocolate purist.

    May 24, 2016

    A thrilling Scandinavian chocolatier making waves on the world stage. A trip to Denmark never looked more enticing.

    Blueberry, Rosemary, Olive OilYuzu

    In a few short years Peter Svenningsen has gone from chocolate hobbyist, to fine chocolatier working exclusively with one of the best chocolate makers on the planet. With his clean approach, and thrillingly showcasing Mikkel Friis Holm's chocolate, Peter has not only come to my attention, but has been winning awards by the handful at the International Chocolate Awards in both his Scandinavian heats and at the World Finals. In the recent 2016 Scandinavian heats he...

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  • The Chocolate Tree – Making chocolate bean to bar in Scotland.

    April 26, 2016

    Glorious packaging encases bars from The Chocolate Tree - a bean to bar maker in Scotland that you will want to know about.

    I first met Ali and Friederike, chocolate makers behind The Chocolate Tree, at Chocolate Unwrapped in London in 2012. Already chocolatiers, with a stand at the event, they were embarking on a journey to make chocolate themselves from the bean. The lovely thing about the event, and The Chocolate Show London that has grown out of it, is it is a great chance to meet other makers and talk, and through talking learn and gain...

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Cat Black

Cat BlackI am a food writer, with special interest in, and huge enthusiasm for, chocolate! This blog is where I get to tell you about all the wonderful tastes, events, and people I come across in the world of chocolate.

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