A familiar name to many French chocolate lovers, Durand has been renowned for their delicate truffles since the 1980s, when this little patisserie began infusing their chocolates with herbs and spices for the 1987 Christmas season. A few years later, Formaggio Kitchen owners (and husband and wife) Ihsan and Valerie discovered these chocolates on a trip to Provence, and we’ve been smitten ever since.
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Posted in Chocolate, Food History, tagged Amedei, Chocolat en Poudre, Chocolate, cioccolatta in tazza, cocoa, Confitures a l'Ancienne, Dark Milk Bar, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate, Patric Chocolate on December 2, 2014 |
This drink is the healthiest thing, and the greatest sustenance of anything you could drink in the world, because he who drinks a cup of this liquid, no matter how far he walks, can go a whole day without eating anything else.”
The “Anonymous Conqueror,” 1556, referring to drinking cacao
Sure, a packet of Swiss Miss with tiny marshmallows waiting to be rehydrated is a comforting, nostalgic beverage for many of us; however, there are some fantastic things happening in the world of craft chocolate, with higher quality beans, small batch processing and real attention to craftsmanship. Whether or not you’ve tried a craft chocolate bar, you may still be denying your taste buds the same fine chocolate in liquid form. Enter drinking chocolate, one of the most decadent things you’ll have this winter. It may not hold you for a whole day, as claimed by the man quoted above, but it will certainly take the chill off these long winter nights.
Posted in Chocolate, tagged American chocolate, artisan chocolate, bean-to-bar chocolate, craft chocolate, dark chocolate, Dark Milk Bar, food, milk chocolate, Patric Chocolate on October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
This post is part three of three of my interview with Carla D. Martin, “Professor of Chocolate” and Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Part one discussed the meaning of “craft chocolate” in North America, and part two questioned the idea of terroir and craft chocolate’s cost. Today’s post looks at North American craft chocolate’s dark side — so much of it is dark chocolate! What’s a milk chocolate lover to do?
Posted in Chocolate, tagged Akesson farm, American chocolate, artisan chocolate, Balao, bean-to-bar chocolate, Camino Verde, direct trade, Ecuador, fair trade, food, Madagascar, Rogue Chocolatier, Sambirano, Vicente Norero on October 14, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Earlier this month we posted part one of my interview with Carla D. Martin, “Professor of Chocolate” and Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. In part one we talked about the meaning of “craft chocolate” in North America, both to the producer and the consumer. In this post I asked Carla to talk about what I consider to be two of the most interesting aspects of food production — terroir and cost.
Posted in Chocolate, United States, tagged American chocolate, artisan chocolate, bean-to-bar chocolate, craft chocolate, Dick Taylor Chocolate, food, Patric Chocolate, Rogue Chocolatier on October 2, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Not many people get to study food for a living, but even fewer study chocolate. Carla D. Martin, a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and “Professor of Chocolate,” studies social issues in the cacao and chocolate industry, from production and processing to personal consumption. She has also co-taught our class on chocolate here at Formaggio Kitchen, and stops by regularly for her favorite bars.
The world of chocolate, and North American craft chocolate in particular, has exploded in the last few decades. Building off of the rising popularity of fair trade and single origin products in the 1970s and 1980s, the French companies Bonnat, Valrhona, and Cluizel were the first to introduce single origin chocolate, bringing the concept of terroir formally to the world of chocolate consumption. Today, the number of artisanal, single-origin chocolatiers has skyrocketed, with our selection of around ten different producers making up just a small sampling of U.S. craft chocolates. When I first started trying the chocolates in our selection, I found defining craft chocolate, let alone picking a bar, pretty overwhelming. As part of my personal education efforts I sat down with Carla to talk about her views on the exciting world of North American craft chocolate, and what it all really means for chocolate lovers!
Posted in Chocolate, Producer Profile, Spain, tagged Agramunt, Aynouse, cacao, Chocolate, cocoa beans, food, Pere Planagumà, Spain, xocolates, Xocolates Aynouse l'Artesà on April 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
In February 2013, while Ihsan and I were visiting our friend Pere Planagumà (head chef at the restaurant Les Cols in Olot, Catalonia), we stopped in the ancient historic city of Girona for a food show and discovered chocolate maker Francisco Javier “Xavi” Rodriquez Perez. Actually, Xavi recognized us — he used to be the chocolatier for another Catalan chocolate company. It was a nice reunion seeing Xavi and to learn that he decided to open his own company Xocolates Aynouse l’Artesà in the town of Agramunt. (more…)
Posted in About Us, Beverages, Breads, Crackers & Snacks, Candy & Confections, Cheese, Chocolate, Dairy (non-cheese), Jams & Preserves, Meats & Charcuterie, Pasta, Produce, Staff Events, Wine, tagged Ardèche jams, Belgian waffles, biodynamic, bitters, boudin blanc, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Catharine Sweeney, Cheese, Chocolate, cocktails, Comté Grand Cru, Confitures de l'Ardèche, couscous, Dram Apothecary, EH Chocolatier, Elaine Hsieh, favorite foods, favorites, Ferdinando Zanusso, Finocchiona, food, Formaggio Food Community, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Perez, Fromageries Marcel Petite, fruit, housemade sausages, I Clivi, jams, M'hamsa, M'hamsa couscous, Mario Zanusso, organic, organic fruit, organic produce, organic wine, organic yogurt, Pascal Raunicher, preserves, Produce, robiola, Robiola Enrico, salami, salt water taffy, Salty Road, Salty Road taffy, Salumeria Biellese, shishito peppers, Sparrow Arc Farm, staff picks, staff survey, Straus Family Creamery, Sylvie Raunicher, taffy, top 10 of 2013, tortilla chips, Tortilleria La Niña, vegetables, Veritable Vegetable, waffles, Wine, Xavi Perez, Xocolata Oli d'Oliva, Xocolates Aynouse, yoghurt, yogurt on December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments »
At the end of each year, staff members at all three of our shops – in Cambridge, the South End of Boston and in New York – fill out a staff survey. We reflect on what we have tasted over the course of the past year – moments where we were surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly), new and exciting food experiences, as well as the flavors we found ourselves returning to time and again. We pick our favorites and share memorable moments. Some tried-and-true items appear in our survey results year after year – other items are new and exciting finds from the current year – goodies in this instance that distinguished 2013 from all others. Here are our top ten picks culled from this year’s survey results! (more…)