Cocograph: have your photograph and eat it too

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By The Urban Grocer in New Trends on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Marry Instagram with artisanal chocolate and out comes Cocograph. Founded by photographer-cum-artist-cum-baker Rae Vittorelli, Cocograph is a whole new way to have your old timey vintage photos and eat them too. Snap a pic, upload it to the website, choose from dark, milk, or white chocolate, and before you know it, your Polaroid-style image is […]

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Candy Land: 100% Chocolate Cafe, Tokyo

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 18 July 2012

You know those trippy dreams where everything is made of chocolate and sweets? Well, Tokyo’s 100% Chocolate Café is the real life version. Step into this “contemporary chocolate kitchen” and it’s a virtual – rather, literal – smorgasbord of chocolate cakes, hot chocolate, frozen chocolate, chocolate bars, chocolate ice creams, chocolate pastries, and chocolate tastings. Fifty-six varieties in all fused with everything from milks and fruits to herbs and sweeteners, like honey, cheese, almond praline, and black pepper.

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Cioccolato: a sweet shop in Mexico

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 July 2012

>Stark white sweet shops with a splash of color are trending in Mexico. First, there was the launch of the stunning patisserie, Theurel & Thomas, in Neuvo Leon. Now, there’s competition out of Monterrey. Enter Cioccolato.

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Beer plus Chocolate equals Brew Bar

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 July 2012

We’ve seen bacon chocolate, boozy chocolate, even salt and pepper chocolate. And now there’s beer-laced chocolate. Introducing the Brew Bar.

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Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat: a chocolatier in Vietnam

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 May 2012

There’s a lot to be said about Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat, the first single-origin, artisanal chocolatier in Vietnam. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat is one of the only bean-to-bar chocolatiers in the world to produce chocolate at its place of origin.

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The Makers: photo project celebrating local craftsmanship

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By Christine Utterberg in New Events on Tuesday 1 November 2011

The Makers is a photo project started by photographer Jennifer Causey. Interested in all the handmade and artisan products being made in Brooklyn, Causey began documenting them. Each photo series and interview celebrates a handcrafted product, from fragrances to chocolate, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmen at work.

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Jaffa roll down the world’s steepest street

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By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Saturday 17 September 2011

What better to do with the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street in Dunedin New Zealand, than organise a jaffa roll – where numbered balls of chocolate coated with a hard sugary outer are sent flying down in a moving wall of red and orange. The fastest jaffas finish the 79% gradient street in around 15 seconds, raising money for local charities.

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Designer chocolates from Barcelona

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 23 August 2011

It’s true. Xavier Mor’s packaging does look a bit like cough drops. But Ricola’s got nothing on these chocolate beauties. Hailing from Barcelona, this ‘designer chocolate‘ is the quintessential marriage of superb chocolate making meets graphic arts.

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Delectable Chocolate the Mayan Way

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 22 January 2011

Delectable chocolate. Such is the Mayan and Nahuatl English translation of the word Ki-xocolatl. It’s also — not coincidentally, of course — the name of a stellar bean-to-bar Mexican-based chocolate collection. The result of years of partnership between a Belgian husband and wife chocolatier team, and Mexican cocoa producers hailing from Chiapas and Tabasco, Ki’xocolatl is a solid marriage of top notch Mexican ingredients and a dash of European techniques.

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Absinthe flavoured chocolate

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By Eat. Sip. Chew. in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 9 September 2010

It started easily enough; A musician and his wife wanted things other than typical band merchandise to sell at his gigs. The result, Nunu: handmade chocolate confections made from single origin Santander cocoa beans. While the line includes golden soft caramel butterflies and Earl Grey ganache flowers, it would appear that the chocolates best suited […]

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Ka-Pow! The World’s First Coffee Bar

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 9 July 2010

Don’t let its looks fool you. Though it’s rocking a chocolate bar exterior, these chunks of dark goodness are made of entirely single origin coffee. Yup, the world’s first ‘coffee bar’ lets you experience java like you’ve never experienced it before.

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Toronto’s Soma Chocolate

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 3 June 2010

Over the years chocolate has evolved from mass-produced baking tablets in kitchens where dark chocolate was virtually unheard of, to a distinguished product coveted for its incredible complexity. However, today’s attitude towards chocolate has not so much evolved as it has returned to its pagan roots when it was revered as a wondrous, even medicinal, ingredient. Enter Soma Chocolatemaker in Toronto’s uber-hip Distillery District where you can ‘eat, drink and worship chocolate’.

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Delicaseys Chocolates

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 27 May 2010

Delicaseys Chocolates boasts simple packaging, handmade labels, and natural sweets made of quality chocolates, fruits, and nuts. Together, innovative combinations of fresh flavors steep dark chocolate to produce harmonious, artisanal treats.

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Josef Zotter chocolates

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By Eat. Sip. Chew. in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 11 May 2010

We’ve already posted about the ambrosial and visually impressive Bean to Bar Chocolate from Williamsburg’s finest: Mast Brothers. However, it seems that we’ve overlooked one of the forefathers to this Movement – and it’s none other than the Mad-Austrian-Chocolatier himself: Josef Zotter.

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Komforte Chockolate

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 27 April 2010

Just about everything is better with chocolate, right? Well how about ramen noodles, French toast, or lime-flavored tortilla chips? You still with us? The folks over at Komforte Chockolate who dreamed up these, um, slightly odd flavors are all about combining chocolate with familiar comfort foods to pry you out of your plain chocolate bar rut.

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