Our weekly roundup of chocolate related news, politics and products. See what’s happened every Sunday.
Golden Kit Kat
Is a single finger of Kit Kat worth $16? It is if it’s covered in gold. Sublime Gold. That’s the name of it and it promises a “rich bitter chocolate taste”. Luxury!
Chocolate Pill Unleashed
Callebaut is releasing flavanol pills as a health suppliment. It looks like a lot of big players are going to be investing in flavanols since the article mentions Callebaut, Mondelez, Nestle, Lindt and Mars. Adding to that there is this article about treating people who have MS with flavanols, just adding to the list of ailments cacao can help alleviate.
Basically this means the worlds desire for cacao isn’t going to shrink. Hopefully the need can be met in a respectful way. (That’s just me being a pundit.)
Microbes Makes Designer Chocolate
Turns out that different yeasts leave different flavours behind when fermenting cacao. By tailoring these yeasts you can create new designer chocolates with different profiles, just like wine and beer production. Pretty great.
Price-fixing probe dropped
Remember some while back there was an article about Nestle Canada having the price-fixing charges against them stayed by Canadian authorities? Now the case has been dropped. Hershey’s is the only one that had to pay a fine, the charges against Mars were also dropped. Wait, aren’t these guys making supplements now?!
Millennials like candy
Gen-Z and Millennials are buying more candy than chocolate. This has industry watchdogs calling it a “paradox”. Yup. It’s a weird world out there.
Camel Milk chocolate enters India
Al Nassma from the UAE makes a luxury camel milk chocolate and is opening its first POS in the airport at Bangalore. I’ve never thought of camel milk chocolate before. However you could make some at home thanks to Amazon… Hmm…
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.