Chocolate, as you may know, has been around for a long time, dating back to Mayan and Aztec times (Ackar). However, this sweet delight hasn’t always been sweet. It all started with plain old bitter cocoa beans. When these cocoa beans began to be exported and received by many countries, those countries began to add spices and other substances to enhance the flavour and make the experience even more delicious. A mixture of the ground cocoa beans and sugar would not by itself produce the solid chocolate so familiar to the modern consumer. Instead, it would give a very hard substance which would not be pleasant in the mouth. In today’s confectionary industry, chocolate makes up the largest amount of sales whopping in at around $22 billion annually which accounts for over 60 percent of all candy sales.
We at Travel Links believe that chocolate is something that fits in every occasion. Travel Links being a luxury magazine has brought some luxury chocolates for you to try.
- Richard Donnelly Fine Chocolates
Richard Donnelly Fine Chocolates is a unique company. They like to combine Belgian and French chocolate with spices like lavender. chipotle, saffron, cardamom, and Earl Grey tea, rather than manufacturing the same chocolates as everyone else. The result is an exquisite, unique chocolate collection that has become the toast of chocolate connoisseurs all over the world. The honey vanilla caramel is especially well-recommended.
- Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc.
If you enjoy dark chocolate, you should familiarise yourself with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. To ensure the quality of its product, the chocolatier supervises every step of the manufacturing process. Beans from various sources are meticulously combined to provide a distinct, nuanced flavour profile and a one-of-a-kind taste experience. To ensure freshness, production is limited to small batches. If you enjoy baking, its assortment of baking chocolates will be a welcome addition to your cupboard.
3. Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Katrina Markoff is a chocolate connoisseur who takes her craft very seriously. She created the Chicago-based chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat in 1998, after learning everything there is to know about French confectionery at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She immediately gained a reputation for her unique use of ingredients and exceptional flavour profiles. Red Fire Chocolat, created with spicy Mexican chilis, cinnamon, and velvety dark chocolate, Black Pearl Chocolat, produced with warming ginger, black sesame seeds, and dark chocolate, and the highly moreish Argentinean dulce de leche truffle are among the must-try items.
The French know how to create good chocolate, and Richart, a French chocolatier, does it better than others. The Richart family has earned the Ruban Bleu (the highest accolade a confectioner can receive) a record seven times since founding their business in 1925. Richart chocolates are in a class by themselves, with their unique designs, exquisite flavours, and wonderful smells. If you don’t mind spending a little money on something genuinely unique, consider the $850 burlwood vault with seven chocolate drawers, each with its own temperature and humidity indicator.
Patchi, a Lebanese chocolate firm, was formed in the 1970s and is now regarded as one of the world’s top luxury chocolate companies. Although the prices are expensive, the quality of the ingredients is also. Patchi’s ‘Chocolate Menu’ includes over 50 distinct variations to sample, several of which include toasted nuts, Gianduja, orange peel, and dried strawberries. For the more adventurous, there’s also a tempting array of more unusual flavours including Cotton Candy, Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter.
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By Dhruvi Chawla