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República del Cacao chocolate bar

República del Cacao chocolate bar

Chocolate Prices on the Rise

Love chocolate? You have lots of company. Increased consumption in Asia and Latin America and an upswing in sales in Europe and the U.S. have brought global chocolate demand to an all-time high. The bad news is that manufacturers are facing an unprecedented rise in the price of cocoa butter, the almost-magical ingredient which helps give chocolate its creamy, irresistible texture.

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Valrhona "Dulcey" Blond Chocolate Bar

Valrhona “Dulcey” Blond Chocolate Bar


by: Sylvie Greil

White chocolate is a bit of the stepchild in the dark and alluring world of cacao. Usually deservedly so.

A. It doesn’t contain cocoa solids (the healthy dark stuff boasting antioxidants and theobromine)
B. It often has an odd texture.
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