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Chocolate Codex, This Week in Chocolate: Week 20, May 10–17

This Week in Chocolate: May 10 – 17, 2015

News of the World

Our weekly roundup of chocolate related news, politics and products. Catch up with what’s happening every Sunday.

Week 20: May 10–17

Good morning!

Here is what’s happened in the chocolate world for the 20th week of 2015.

The Americas Competition Grand Jury Finalists for the International Chocolate Awards have been announced. Talk about strong competition. Just have to point out that Canada has three out of nine finalists in the Micro-Batch Plain/Origin Bar category and one in the Plain/Origin category. Good luck to Sirene, Palette de BineHummingbird and Soma!

Dandelion features large in this Serious Eats article about the American craft chocolate movement. It’s a welcome look into the process of small batch chocolate.

Asia lose its sweet tooth for chocolate is the headline from Global Finance. Though the ICO is still saying that prices will be high this year due to shortages the future of cocoa futures is anyone guess. So maybe nothing has really changed that much after all.

New Hampshire has banned the use of chocolate as bear bait after a sow and four cubs were found dead. Theobromine is toxic to many animals, bears included. Next year the hunting season will have to use other lures for the bears, ensuring that the cubs grow up before they are shot.

And, following the announcement last week regarding Cadbury’s Vegemite chocolate, Lifehacker saves us all with their recipe for homemade Vegemite chocolate. All you need is this!

Lastly it turns out that rats will save a drowning companion, even if offered chocolate. It turns out it’s more than just a trick too, it’s proof that rodents have empathy. 

That’s your news for Week 20 of 2015. Enjoy your cocoa and we’ll see you next week.


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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