Our weekly roundup of chocolate related news, politics and products. See what’s happened every Sunday.
Although Maria Sharpova was busted on a drug test her high end chocolates are still going to market. Which does make sense since it’s not like performance enhancing drugs are banned substances when it comes to financing luxury candy. Also: the title is a tennis joke. It doesn’t make sense but I just had to.
Chocolate as guinea pig
If you weren’t aware: chocolate is very absorbent so it’s good to keep it air tight and separated from anything that smells. It’s actually used to test whether or not packages are keeping things fresh or spoiling what’s inside. You can flavor chocolate this way too. Great for April Fool’s.
Fair trade unfair for women
This article is lengthy but focuses on how money from fair trade practice only partially compensates for the work done by many women in many producer countries, Ghana in this case. As Western buyers so much of the machinery between raw good and refined product is covered over. Articles like this are disheartening only because they’re so sobering.
Stopping the Ghanian Underground
In this case it’s literally stopping mining prospection on land where cacao grows. You can’t mine for cacao, and it’s becoming more and more valuable. Nature’s other diamonds. God, I hope this means I can still afford it in 20 years. Cacao nibs on wedding bands. I can already see it. Argh.
US/Canada State desserts
To hell with the dinner; what’s for dessert? 22 plates of riffs on American and Canadian classics. Including a takes on buttertarts and Nanaimo bars, a Canadian tooth destroying classic, and chocolate coconut slices – I’m guessing that’s American. There are deers and bears but no mousse moose.
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.