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This Week in Chocolate: Feb. 7–14 - Craft chocolate, bean-to-bar, reviews and writing.

This Week in Chocolate: Feb. 7–14

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

Happy Valentine’s Day

Not a fan of this “holiday”. Notice that it’s not actually a holiday. Also there are lots of downer news articles about chocolate this week, so there’s plenty of reasons to be miserable this Valentine’s Day. Fun! 

Child Labor

If you bought any commercial chocolate this V-Day it could have been made with the help of “2.3 million children” engaged in dangerous cacao harvesting and production in both Ghana and the Ivory Coast. See? I just put on a newscaster voice and ruin your day.

Cacao Extinction

We could be losing up to 100,000 tons of cacao per year starting in the next few years. The report is called “terrifying”. Wow. Ok, well, now I’m depressed too. 

Chocolate: no health food

Anti-oxidants. They’re found in chocolate and they’re good for you right? That’s what Nestle and Mars would like you to think. Trust no one!

Chocolate better than kissing

Well I think I’m done trying to ruin Valentine’s Day for now. Let’s hear some mushier and more positive fare. Chocolate, it turns out, stimulates your tongues more than kissing. (And the jokes just write themselves at this point, you dirty dog you.)

In Japan…

I should basically just do an “In Japan” every week because there’s always something to talk about. In Japan women storm the stores to buy chocolate for men, who do nothing that day. They have their own day to make up for it but the two dainty bags they mention that cost ¥10,000? That’s like $100. 

Talk about a guilt trip. Have a great Valentine’s Day!


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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