Chocolate as an ingredient, changing flavours, chocolate sustainability, chocolate’s health benefits … Would you like to explore some burning questions about all things chocolate? You may be surprised by some of the research and options. Have your say in our latest poll.
Welcome to the Dark Side?
More and more consumers are going to the dark side. In fact, dark chocolate has seen 20 percent global growth since. While it has taken many consumers a while to embrace the stronger bitter taste that dark chocolate had now 70 percent either love it or like it.
Have you joined the Dark Side, or are you faithful to Milk?
To roast or not to roast?
As the craft chocolate market becomes stronger and stronger we're seeing more variations and innovations in chocolate bars. Chocolate made with unroasted beans is the latest trend with chocolatiers like Coco Caravan leading the charge.
Raw purists think roasting cocoa beans interferes with the flavour, roasters think raw chocolate isn’t really chocolate.’
Would you be game to try unroasted chocolate?
Are you crazy for Caramilk?
Over the past year Aussies have gone crazy for the popular Cadbury's Caramilk bar. The caramelised white chocolate has proven to be so popular it was recently launched in the UK to rival the longstanding Nestle Caramac. British supermarket chain Marks & Spencer have also unveiled their Golden Blond Chocolate Bar.
Are you fan of this caramel treat, or do you prefer your traditional milk and dark chocolate? Vote below!
Which country has the biggest sweet tooth?
What's your favourite chocolate combination?
Nestle has recently announced that their popular Yorkie bar will be released in a new orange flavour, which has sparked debate online about whether chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven or hell. This got us wondering if pairings are as divisive. Tell us your favourite below!
Chocolate and Easter traditions
Easter is now associated with a variety of sweet treats including chocolate eggs and bunnies, marzipan eggs and hot cross buns.
Chocolate eggs first appeared at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles and in 1725 the widow Giambone in Turin started producing chocolate eggs by filling empty chicken egg shells with molten chocolate. In 1873 J.S. Fry & Sons of England introduced the first chocolate Easter egg in Britain. Manufacturing their first Easter egg in 1875, Cadbury created the modern chocolate Easter egg after developing a pure cocoa butter that could be moulded into smooth shapes.
So what's your favourite Easter treat? Vote below!
Should the price of your favourite chocolate block increase to prevent child labour?
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is asking people to name their ‘chocolate change’ in Lent and stick to it beyond Easter in an effort to help combat child labour in the cocoa industry.
An estimated 80% of the world’s cocoa comes from farms in West Africa and it is thought almost two million children are in child labour in these areas.
Just nine of the world’s 69 leading chocolate companies report being able to trace their supplies to individual farms. As such it is impossible to guarantee that most chocolate sold in your local supermarket is slavery or child labour free.
It is estimated that to eradicate child labour the cost of the average bar chocolate would increase by 50%. Alternatively, you can choose to support businesses such as Charley’s where we know exactly where all our cocoa comes from.