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This Week in Chocolate: Feb.1–7 - Craft chocolate, bean-to-bar, reviews and writing.

This Week in Chocolate: Feb.1–7

Our weekly roundup of chocolate related news, politics and products. See what’s happened every Sunday.

Fun Size

Chocolate prices are still high but the growth has slowed. But since economics demand growth they make up terms like “negative growth”, “shrinkflation” and “fun size”. This article is about the stock market but I note that they define “fun size” as “two to three bites”, thus making the term inaccurate in every dimension.

Brownify your green

If you’re one of those people who invest money in stocks here is an article on how to get started in trading cocoa futures. Though I’m guessing if you’re an investor you’re probably not getting stock tips from articles on the internet. (Sorry about the horrible title. I can’t compete with the links “sweeten your portfolio” tagline and I’m too proud to steal it.) 

Chocolate: good for the young

If you’re pregnant eating chocolate every day might be the healthy choice. Granted there is, as there usually is, a lot of “might”, “may” and “could have’s” in the article. But if you’re a pregnant woman I don’t think anyone will stop you from buying chocolate. If they do that’s bad customer service IMO.

Matcha-chocolate covered chips

Every week Japan tries out another chocolate mashup. Color me with green-stripey intrigue. I have to admit this hardly looks like chocolate now that I think about it. Then again, the ramen last week hardly did either.

Mario’s weed brownies are bogus man

Mario Batali’s recipe for weed brownies is not only a waste of weed but it’s also a total waste of weed. If you’re going to make weed butter you need to simmer your butter and the weed together first to make weed butter, okay? Holy shit: am I saying this out loud or just with my voice?

New Milk Tray Man

Remember when they were running the contest to find the new Milk Tray Man? They’ve found him. 

That’s all the news for this week! See you next Sunday.


Being the son of a chocolatier Chris has always enjoyed talking about chocolate as much as he loves eating it. He’s an artist and designer as well as a co-founder of the Chocolate Codex.


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