The Art of the Pairing

It’s been eight years since establishing Exotic Chocolate Tasting, and I sometimes take for granted how the idea came about until someone asks. People are intrigued that two of the most beloved pleasures (and often misunderstood) are about to be experienced together. To pair two of anything, whether it be, food or cheese with wine, […]

Location, Location, Location

A phrase used in a real estate dating back to the 1920’s, almost a hundred years ago! Relevant to this day in describing how chocolate will taste different depending on where it’s grown. Travel around the world with chocolate will give you a sense of place. This exotic experience will take you to places you […]

Jungle Farming Below the Canopy

South America is the Epicenter for Climate Change Farmers in the jungles of South America are faced with deforestation from mining, logging, grazing and clear cutting for crops that are not native to the area. Cacao is an understory tree that requires shade under diverse crops like banana, plantains, guava and hardwood trees that also […]

Like Wine for chocolate

As a chocolate sommelier, I taste many chocolates from all over the world, experiencing countless flavor profiles – toast, citrus, berry, nutty, tobacco, smoky, coconut, earthy, nutmeg, jasmine, and roast to name a few. These flavors in a dark chocolate bar are not additives but come from the cacao beans themselves. As you slowly allow […]

Chocolate with a purpose

At every chocolate pairing or tasting event, a guest will ask how or why did I get into this business to create such a unique company? The short story is, seven years ago the new wave of craft chocolate makers inspired me to found Exotic Chocolate Tasting, here’s why… In 2010 there were a handful […]

The High Cost of Cheap Chocolate

Gifting chocolate for any holiday or occasion is big business, but before you comb the drug store isle, take a moment so I may persuade you to rethink your gift. The cost of that cheap chocolate bar, bonbon, or truffle has a price. Chocolate has noble roots, the food of the gods was once considered […]

Old School vs. Alternative Chocolate

Chocolate has evolved from a commercially made sweet milk chocolate bar that satisfied the WW2 and Baby Boomer generations to today’s intense dark chocolate that’s complex, pure and single-origin sourced though a transparent supply chain known as Direct Trade. The humble Hershey bar no longer resembles the explosion of alternatives that appeal to those that […]