Taza Chocolate Hit by Flood Damage

Taza Chocolate, one of my favorite artisan chocolate makers, just got badly hit by a flash flood (note: video plays automatically). From an email they just sent out/their blog: “Around 3pm, Taza’s Director of Manufacturing (i.e. Head Chocolate Making Guy), Mike Schechter, thought maybe he’d pop by our newly renovated, first floor chocolate factory for…

Taza Chocolate Contest

I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting Taza Chocolate, mostly because I don’t have access to a car while I’m at school, and shipping chocolate can get pretty expensive. I heard about it from my friend Nana, who tried it and loved it so much that she just had to email me about it, so…

Taza Stone Ground Organic Chocolate, 80%

Taza Chocolate made it onto my radar via my friends Justin and Nana, who highly recommended it. Unfortunately, because they’re a small artisan company, the chocolate isn’t that widely sold in stores, and shipping chocolate gets expensive, so I resigned myself to waiting until the next time I went home (probably after graduation) to try…

Alain Ducasse Bean to Bar Chocolate

As a candy blogger/candy lover, I’ve had the privilege of visiting a few bean to bar chocolate factories to check out how chocolate gets from the raw beans to the finished bars. Apparently, the bean to bar trend hasn’t really hit in France yet, so much so that David Lebovitz suggests that they’re a great…

Chocolate-related gift guides (hint hint)

Serious Eats has put together a gift guide for chocolate lovers. In other gift guide news, Vosges makes another appearance in Chow’s annual Winter Gift Guide. The folks at Chow.com are clearly big Vosges fans – or at least big fans of receiving Vosges as gifts (exhibit A, B, C, D). Hey Chow, Vosges is…

Taza Open House Tour

If you were jealous of my tour of the Taza chocolate factory, here’s your chance to take your own this Saturday! It’s free and comes with free tastings! The details: Taza Chocolate Open House – Winter 2009 Date:  Saturday, December 5th 2009 Time: 10 AM to 6 PM Where: 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA  02143

Taza Tour + Mexicanos review

Today’s post is super long, but hey, you’ve got the whole weekend to read it. I start with a mini wrap-up of my tour of Taza’s chocolate factory and finish with a review of their four Mexicano disks. Coincidentally enough, on the day that my written-weeks-ahead news post about a virtual tour of Taza posted,…

Behind the scenes at Taza

The Kitchn has a neat behind-the-scenes look at how Taza Chocolate (the 80% previously reviewed here) is made. Thanks to another Calhoun College chocolate tasting, I’ve now tried all three bars that they make, the 60%, the 70%, and the 80%, and I liked them all. The gritty texture isn’t for everyone (my college master…

Jelina Chocolatier – Espresso

Last year at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, I picked up two chocolate bars from Jelina Chocolatier, a Canadian chocolate company that was looking for a U.S. distributor. I loved those two bars and gave them high marks and kept hoping they’d make their way to the U.S. market. Unfortunately, they’re still looking for a U.S. distributor,…