The cherry blossoms may be on their way, but there’s still time to grab a delicious hot chocolate in the District. There are numerous articles online that list top hot chocolate spots in DC, but none of them match up with this list!
The 70 percent dark chocolate bar from Dreketi, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji, by Soma Chocolatemaker had a big reputation to live up to…
- Time Cupsoul had never eaten chocolate from Fiji
- According to the brands’ packaging, Fiji’s national flag touts a cacao pod in lions paws (reputation signal and/or national pride, perhaps?) and also explains that, the Fijian concept of “vanua” means the land as an “extension of oneself; including one’s life, sustenance and culture”
- The tasting notes on the bar were listed as “chocolate, honey and grapefruit”
- The Soma Chocolatemaker chocolate molding is one of the most whimsical in the industry, notable for intricate details and a romantic rendition of the cacao forest (cacao pods, tropical birds, and cacao flowers)
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Yesterday was a nice 60 degree weather day. Time Cupsoul walked around the National Mall, exploring new coffee and chocolate shops in this great city.
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On to the chocolate…!
DC chocolate lovers, you heard it here first! “Winter’s Cheer” is now on sale. Read the flavor below.
Friends at Harper Macaw just shared that they have a new holiday chocolate bar coming extremely soon! Here’s what Time Cupsoul knows for sure:
There’s something beautiful about autumn. It’s the death of the old and hibernation of thoughts. There’s time to decay and time to be reborn. It’s all done with grace and as a dance. Leaves float to the ground gently and create a blanket to hug the earth as the cold weather comes. Like a butterfly cocoon, the beauty of the process is hidden until it’s ready for soft, unfolding exposure.
Fall brings strong desire for hot chocolate and cozy blankets in front of a camp fire. Camp fires bring s’mores. What are s’mores without some delicious chocolate… Chocolate in the cold weather warms the soul.
The LetterPress Chocolate Small Batch, Bean to Bar chocolate bar, 70% Tanzania Kokoa Kamili, is worth writing home about. This fruity, sweet, and exciting bar left Time Cupsoul wishing for more.
LetterPress recently redesigned their branding/packaging, as seen via their Instagram account, pictured below, and it’s lovely.
Each LetterPress bar stands out with a beautiful textured stamp-like feature at the top. The artwork showcases a prop airplane soaring over a mountain dotted landscape and open cocoa pods in the foreground. “LetterPress Chocolate,” is etched into a banner and surrounded by swirls and furls fit for royalty.
Barry Callebaut annouced Tuesday that they have created a new type of chocolate to sit alongside the classic white, milk and dark varieties: ruby chocolate.
This is arguably the biggest chocolate/cocoa news in a decade, if not in 80 years, when white chocolate was announced.