The end of summer is a big letdown for many, but not for chocolate lovers 🍫😋
We have been patiently waiting for 3 months for chocolate to stop melting, for chocolate festivals to start rolling and for new exciting chocolate creations to hit the market. As chocolate makers come back from their well-deserved rest, there is a high chance that many will return fully-energized, with new ideas and inspired for the Fall/Winter season, launching new products soon 🎉🎁
This made me reflect on what flavors I would personally like to see more of on the craft chocolate market in the next months:
- herbal inclusions such as basil, rosemary and thyme 🌿
These herbs largely used in the kitchen for savory dishes pair extremely well with chocolate, and this has been demonstrated over and over in delicate truffles and pralines. But these inclusions haven't taken off for chocolate bars yet, which have the potential to achieve the same refreshing results.
- dairy-free alternatives 🥛🚫🐄
At this point, I believe that every chocolate brand should have at least one milk or white chocolate bar that is vegan friendly. Makers have experimented a lot with alternatives like coconut milk, oat milk and rice milk in these past years. And it's been shown that, with an extra touch of deliciousness (coffee, malt, vanilla, caramel, gianduja), the results have nothing to envy to their original counterparts.
- dried fruits 🍇🍊🍒
I might be feeling nostalgic, but I am missing all those fruity inclusions so popular in 2014-2015 that followed the "super-healthy dark chocolate" trend. Chewy, juicy and soft inclusions like dried figs, raisins, apricots and strawberries can deliver a rich fruity note and an out-of-the-ordinary texture.
- nuts of all kinds 🌰
Is it my impression, or craft chocolate makers don't seem to be interested at all in nutty inclusions? Almonds, walnuts, pinenuts, pistachios, peanuts. Where have they all gone?! I miss those crunchy textures.
Now it's your turn: what inclusions would you like to see more of in craft chocolate in the next season? 👇
#chocolate #beantobar #craftchocolate #flavor #flavors #dessert #pastry #ingredients #cooking #sweet #candy #sugar #trends
0 likes a few seconds ago