All About Fine Chocolate by Cat Black

  • The Chocolate Tree – Making chocolate bean to bar in Scotland.

    April 26, 2016

    Glorious packaging encases bars from The Chocolate Tree - a bean to bar maker in Scotland that you will want to know about.

    I first met Ali and Friederike, chocolate makers behind The Chocolate Tree, at Chocolate Unwrapped in London in 2012. Already chocolatiers, with a stand at the event, they were embarking on a journey to make chocolate themselves from the bean. The lovely thing about the event, and The Chocolate Show London that has grown out of it, is it is a great chance to meet other makers and talk, and through talking learn and gain...

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  • Easter Chocolates 2016

    March 21, 2016

    What a thrill, to have such truly fine and diverse Easter chocolates to choose from.

    Rococo painted egg with salted caramel mini-eggs.

    It's that time of year again. The days are getting longer, the detox ought now to be a distant memory, and Christmas is so long ago that you don't need an excuse to get majorly excited about some celebratory chocolate again. And eggs, chicks and bunnies! Only the hardest of hearts could resist. Among my Easter picks are some of the most beautiful (see above), cutest, and of course most delicious things out there. And all...

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  • An interview with Sam Giha of Cacaosuyo

    February 23, 2016

    The best milk chocolate in the world? You know you need to read on and find out more.

    Cacaosuyo bars

    You may not have heard of Cacaosuyo, but if you care about fine chocolate, you will want to make a note of it. Founded by partners Eduardo Lanfranco and Sam Giya, Cacaosuyo is a new chocolate maker taking the chocolate world by storm. Producing full-flavoured chocolates, their ethos is to make chocolate exceptionally true to the Peruvian cacao varieties that they are working with in the growing country. In 2015 they truly broke into my consciousness...

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  • ChocsforChance 2016 – a unique chocolate opportunity.

    January 26, 2016

    Many of the countries greatest chefs are creating exclusive boxes of chocolates for you to bid for.

    Copyright of Pellier Photography

    I know that if you are reading this you aren't someone who needs much persuasion to seek out fantastic chocolates. And Valentines is just the kind of slight excuse you won't even need. But who knows, maybe you are doing a New Year's detox, or some such foolish thing. Or maybe you aren't loved up at the moment and so February 14th is set to be ignored. Well as to the former, I have already...

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  • Top Ten of 2015

    January 2, 2016

    As we launch into a new year, I look back at my highlights of 2015.

    Truly scrumptious! Nuff said.

    Happy New Year All! I hope you are all enjoying a little time off, and have had a great end of 2015, with plenty of fine chocolate. As the year ends I am again looking back at a year of stunning chocolate, wonderful things to taste, new makers, new flavours, and a thriving and growing global scene. Things just get better year on year. The future's bright. Who knows what 2016 could bring! [caption id="attachment_3033" align="alignnone" width="480"]...

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  • Christmas Chocolates 2015

    December 1, 2015

    Here is my guide to your Christmas chocolate shopping.

    Paul A Young Christmas chocolates.

    It's the first day of advent and the season to be jolly kicks off. It is also, depending on your organisational skills, the season to be downright stressed. Christmas shopping is not always the easiest of (multi)tasks. Take some of the stress out of it by answering your first dilemma - what to buy? - with the answer CHOCOLATE! Then take the rest of it away by following my guide on what chocolate to buy. There you...

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  • Sarah Barber at Corinthia Hotel London

    November 17, 2015

    Ones of the UK’s top pastry chefs sat down with me to talk and taste.

    Sarah Barber at Corinthia London

    In late October I had a very important date at the Corinthia London Hotel. Pushing out of the cold through heavy double doors, past smartly clad doormen in their essential thick coats, is to enter another world. I was on Whitehall place, hardly slumming it, and the 1855 façade is elegant and somewhat stately. And inside there is a hush, a calm, an air of ease and luxury, that set the scene for what was...

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  • Chocolate Week – London 2015

    October 20, 2015

    What with Chocolate Week, The World Finals of The International Chocolate Awards and The Chocolate Show, last week was pretty key in the world of chocolate!

    Friis Holm nominees

    Last week was Chocolate Week. Up and down the country folks were coming over all chocolatey! There were special afternoon teas, pairings, offers and treats galore. It is a glorious annual festival to my favourite foodstuff. My Chocolate Week was dominated by judging the World Finals of The International Chocolate Awards. Our biggest ever competition, the finals had over 400 entries, all of whom had qualified by being medal winners at one of the 9 heats...

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Cat Black

Cat BlackI am a food writer, with special interest in, and huge enthusiasm for, chocolate! This blog is where I get to tell you about all the wonderful tastes, events, and people I come across in the world of chocolate.

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