Dandelion Chocolate Venezuela Mantuano 70% 92/100

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This bar is made with cocoa beans from Coperativa Flor de Mantuano who grow cocoa in the north west of Venezuela near the coast, just south of Puerto Cabello and Las Trincheras. Once harvested these beans are supplied by Tisano to Dandelion’s chocolate factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. Continue reading

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Made With Anandas Venezuela Porcelana 70% 87/100

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This bar is made using Venezuelan Porcelana beans, which grow south west of Lake Maracaibo in the Zuila region. Once harvested and shipped they’re turned into one of Made with Ananda’s nutritious chocolate bars in a chocolate kitchen in Leeds. Continue reading

Duffy’s Venezuela Ocumare Milk 55% 93/100

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This bar is made with criollo beans from Ocumare valley in Venezuela near its border with Colombia. Once harvested these directly traded beans are shipped to Duffy’s factory in Humberston, where they are stone ground and crafted into one of Duffy’s single origin chocolate bars. Continue reading

Willie’s Cacao ‘Pure Gold’ Venezuela Sur Del Lago 100% 86.5/100

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Translated roughly as south of the lake, these beans are grown just south of lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, not too far from where the famed porcelana grows. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading

The Best ‘Value for Money’ Craft Chocolate Bars

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The world of craft chocolate can be a daunting place, it can be hard to know what you might like and even harder to find it. With origin lists as long as your arm and lists of chocolate makers even longer, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to stop in looking for your perfect chocolate bar. For some that’s part of the pleasure of craft chocolate, the journey of discovering different flavours, different origins and different makers, but it all comes at a cost, one that newcomers to craft chocolate might find difficult to stomach. Fortunately it’s not like looking for a bottle of wine, no matter how loose your purse strings, it’s unlikely you’ll be spending more than £20 for a bar of chocolate and while some bars might seem pricey, there’s often a lot of good reasons to pay more for your chocolate. That said, it’s always nice to feel like you’re getting value for money and with the aim of encouraging all those thinking of dipping their toes in the water, to dive straight in, I’ve compiled a list of bean to bar craft chocolate makers that not only make great chocolate, but offer great value for money too.   Continue reading