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From Bean to Bar: The Fascinating Journey of Making the Best Chocolate

From Bean to Bar: The Fascinating Journey of Making the Best Chocolate

Discover the history of chocolate production, from ancient Mesoamerican civilizations to modern-day artisanal chocolatiers and the benefits of high-quality chocolate.
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Beyond Milk and Dark: Exploring the World of Unique and Exotic Chocolate Flavours

Beyond Milk and Dark: Exploring the World of Unique and Exotic Chocolate Flavours

Discover the world of unique and exotic chocolate flavours and their benefits. From dark, milk, and white chocolate to single-origin, to experimenting with unusual ingredients, explore different types of chocolate and how they can be used in baking and cooking. Find your next favourite chocolate maker or chocolatier and learn how chocolate can improve your mood and even your health.
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Holding cacao seeds

Fair vs Direct vs Transparent Trade - Pros, Cons & Comparison

Discover the differences between fair trade, direct trade, and transparent trade chocolate, and learn how they impact cocoa farmers and producers. Explore the benefits of fair trade programs for creating more sustainable and ethical livelihoods, and compare them to direct trade relationships between farmers and buyers. At Soul Chocolate, we prioritize direct trade to ensure fair prices and quality improvement resources for farmers and producers. Join us in creating a more ethical and sustainable chocolate industry.

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Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate

Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate

Heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, found in popular chocolate brands have raised concerns among consumers. The absorption of these metals by cacao from the soil and air is the main source of contamination. While the FDA and CFIA set limits, all cacao contains some amount of heavy metals. Reputable producers, like those who source from Meridian Cacao and Uncommon Cacao, conduct yearly lab tests to ensure their cacao meets safe levels. Consumers can enjoy chocolate without worry by supporting sustainable practices and choosing products that meet government guidelines.
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Help! My chocolate has seized: Part 1: Burnt Chocolate

Help! My chocolate has seized: Part 1: Burnt Chocolate

Burnt chocolate can be a frustrating experience for any chocolate lover. It can turn your delicious and indulgent dessert into a bitter, smoky mess. However, the good news is that burnt chocolate doesn't have to be the end of the world. With a few tricks and tips, you can still salvage your dish and enjoy a tasty chocolate treat.
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Why does chocolate turn white?

Why does chocolate turn white?

We've all been there - you pick up one of your favourite chocolate bars (mouth salivating), tear open the wrapper (stomach grumbling) in excitement to enjoy that perfectly tempered, shiny chocolate. Instead, you are presented with a white, dull, and quite honestly weird looking lump of chocolate.

What happened? Well, there are a few different scenarios that we're likely to play out. Let me discuss each and how to spot one from another.

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What is cocoa butter?

What is cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter is an instrumental part of chocolate, be it specialty or industrial. Learn about how it's made, what makes it special, and how it's used in the chocolate industry.
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Cacao vs Cocoa: What's the difference?

Cacao vs Cacao : Quelle est la différence ?

Cacao vs Cacao – sont-ils vraiment différents ? Apprenons ce qui les rend uniques et quand utiliser un terme plutôt qu'un autre.
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Cocoa Powder - Natural vs. Alkalized

Poudre de cacao – Naturel ou alcalinisé

Apprenez les différences entre la poudre de cacao naturelle et alcaline - à la fois visuelle et texturale, et comment les utiliser dans vos pâtisseries.
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What is Dark Chocolate?

Qu’est-ce que le chocolat noir ?

Qu’est-ce que le chocolat noir ? Qu'est-ce qui rend le chocolat noir noir ? Est-ce même bon pour vous ? Apprenez-en un peu plus sur cette délicieuse friandise.
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What is Milk Chocolate?

Qu’est-ce que le chocolat au lait ?

Qu’est-ce que le chocolat au lait ? Ici, nous plongeons dans ce qui fait le chocolat au lait, enfin, le chocolat au lait ! Et les choses que vous pouvez et ne pouvez pas faire avec.
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What is white chocolate?

Qu'est-ce que le chocolat blanc ?

Qu’est-ce que le chocolat blanc ? Et est-ce même du chocolat ? Ici, vous découvrirez le processus et certains des termes utilisés lorsqu'il s'agit de chocolat blanc.
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