Terroir in a Bar

Single-origin chocolates offer a chance to explore distinctive, surprising flavors

<i>Terroir</i> in a Bar
While blends have long dominated the chocolate industry, producers are increasingly focused on expressing the character of a particular place. (Jeff Harris)
From the Dec 31, 2022, issue

Wine has had a singular place in the West for centuries. It’s been central to trade, agricultural and technological innovation and culture. Interestingly, because of its importance, its origins have been codified and valued for longer than other gourmet products.

Today, chocolate (along with coffee and other goods) holds a similar esteem in the market to wine, while also maintaining very broad appeal. It doesn’t grow where wine does, so its known history is more recent, and the origin of cacao really only became important in the past couple of decades. Read more about the recent rise of single-origin chocolate, plus get six recommended bars to try! 

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