The Full Chocolate
From Bean to Bar
Where does chocolate come from? Theobroma cacao grows in-between the Tropic of Cancer and the Topic of Capricorn and as far north as Hawaii. The cacao pods are harvested from the trees they grow on, the beans are fermented and dried, and then they are shipped to a chocolate maker anywhere in the world. The maker will roast the beans, crack them into nibs, and then grind the nibs into chocolate while adding sugar or milk or other flavors.
What will you be able to sample on Aug 3rd?
Cacao Pod - Ecaudor (Dandelion Chocolate)
We will have a cacao pod to see and touch.
Cacao Pulp - Honduras (Dandelion Chocolate)
You can taste the fruity pulp that surrounds the cacao bean.
Cacao Juice - Ecuador (Repurposed Pod)
You can try the juice from the cacao pulp.
Cacao Beans - Venezuela (Cacao Marquez)
Try raw beans after fermenting and drying but before roasting.
Cacao Nibs - Peru (Xocolatl), El Salvador (Belu Cacao), Tanzania (Dandelion Chocolate)
The cacao nibs are roasted beans that have been crushed to remove the husk.
Unsweetened Chocolate - At least 3 different samples.
Unsweetened chocolate has only 1 ingredient, cacao. Try at least 3 different samples.
Dark Chocolate Bars - All over the world
There will be a sampling of more than 10 different dark chocolate bars from all over the world.
Joining Yahara Chocolate will be chocolate expert Valerie Beck from Chocolate Uplift in Chicago.
Chocolate expert Valerie Beck is a pioneering entrepreneur in chocolate and hospitality. Creator of the original Chicago Chocolate Tours, which she expanded to cities across the US, Valerie's business also distributes chocolate made by craft artisan chocolate makers, and provides consulting services to cacao growers and chocolate makers, always with a focus on ethical chocolate and sustainability.
A Chicago native, Valerie graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After practicing law in Europe and the US, she founded the chocolate tours and Chocolate Uplift, and is also a popular speaker, chocolate show judge, and media personality.
She started the Chocolate Freedom Project to end child slave labor on the cacao farms that produce cocoa beans for big chocolate brands, and supports formerly trafficked kids at a West African rescue center.
Valerie’s mission is Uplift Through Chocolate, because chocolate can improve our mood and the world!