Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bittersweet in WSJ today

We got a nice mention in the Wall Street Journal today!
Sweet Shops in Three Cities

Dark more satisfying than milk?

Another reason to focus your interest on dark chocolates: a little really does go a long way.

"We have known for a long time that it is healthier to eat dark chocolate, but now scientists at the Department of Human Nutrition at LIFE, University of Copenhagen, have found that dark chocolate also gives more of a feeling of satiety than milk chocolate."

Here's a link to the whole story...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Temperer

One of the logistical challenges with our Origins Bars has been tempering capacity, so we just this week finally added a brand new piece of equipment. Below are a couple of action shots. Have to's pretty sweet not doing it all by hand!

Friday, December 05, 2008


Just released the first (very small!) batch of our new Balinese creation: Singaraja. It's 66% cocoa mass, 32% cane juice, and 2% cocoa butter, but those of you who like to know exactly what's in your chocolate :-) Photos below are of the dried fermented seed, then nibs, nibs and hulls, and finally the finished chocolate.

These beans come from coop PE01 on the north coast of Bali, and are of mixed parentage (to say the least :-) Much of the cacao grown in Bali has been distributed by the Indonesian government over the past few decades, and the strains sent out have never been properly analyzed to determine genetic heritage. The flavor we're experiencing is quite positive--very chocolately with just a bite of fruit at the finish. All in all a really snackable chocolate.

Come in and try it out! (And apologies if it's already gone by the time you do...but never fear--there's more coming very soon.)

Monday, December 01, 2008


Just a reminder to everyone out there that the holidays are officially here at Bittersweet! Come by your local shop, or say hello online: