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Venezuelan Black Cocoa Nutritional Information

by admin | December 3rd, 2011 

Cocoa Nutritional InformationIt’s always good to know what the Nutrition Facts are for the products you are buying. People with Type (I) or (II) Diabetes especially need to monitor their carbohydrate intake to keep their blood sugar level as low as possible due to lack of insulin. Below is the Nutritional Information for 70% and 100% Cocoa!

50g of 100% cocoa
250 Kcal
7g Protein
13g Carbohydrates (0.5g sugar, 8g fiber)
24g Fat (16g sat fat)
50g of 70% cocoa
275 Kcal
3.75g Protein
16.25g Carbohydrates (13.75 sugar, 2.5g fiber)
21.25g Fat (12.5g sat fat)

The lower percentage the Cocoa , the more Calories, Carbohydrates and  Sugar and the less Protein and Fiber

Introducing Indonesian Black – Javan Light Breaking

by admin | February 21st, 2010 

indonesianblackWe are pleased to announce a brand new product “Indonesian Black” to our shop

Sourced from the Island of Java, these bars are made from a highly prized strain of cacao. The beans are visually striking as they are exceptionally light in colour and they have a slightly higher cacao butter content than usual. This makes them highly prized by chocolate manufacturers, particularly in the use of milk chocolate. The beans produce a bar with light caramel notes.

“Sourced near Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia, this single bean cacao has been carefully roasted in our factory in Devon using traditional methods to capture the bean’s light caramel notes. Its characteristics change with each harvest – like fine wine.”

With 572,000 metric tons of cocoa beans produced, Indonesia is the third world biggest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Indonesian Cocoa export are currently valued at approximately $600-700 million per year and provide the main source of income and livelihood for over 400,000 smallholder farmers and their families.

We have added the Recipe of a Traditional Indonesian Desert for you to try with the new Cocao here !

Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook (Paperback)

by admin | February 13th, 2010 

51csbiqbysl_sl160_1 Look Out Folks . The Paper Back Version of  Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook is coming to store on the 4th March!

Pre Order yours here now

Willie Harcourt-Cooze was born in London on April 29, 1964 to an Irish mother and a Burmese father. He was the third of five children, surrounded by four sisters.While on holiday in Ireland, his father, William, fell in love with and bought the deserted Horse Island on a wild stretch of Ireland’s south west coast. The family moved to live there when Willie was four. In a farmhouse between Ballydehob and Schull Willie spent his childhood making cheese, smoking fish, milling flour, growing vegetables and pickling fruit.

Willie was reeling in sea trout almost before he could walk, so it is not surprising that his passion for food survived and thrived into adulthood. Willie returned to London at 15 and at 18 left home for a series of swashbuckling adventures and tastes; from the feral meats of the Australian outback to the native dishes of Peru, via a feast of exotic delicacies throughout the Far East. He charmed his way onto fishing boats and into local kitchens and devoured a multitude of culinary secrets. While in Venezuela on holiday in 1993 with his wife, Tania, Willie met a traveler who told him of a place “where the mountain meets the sea”. They headed for this remote coastal area near Choroni.

Having fallen for the area, one day a beach umbrella seller told them of a hacienda in the cloud forest for sale. They went to investigate in the Henri Pittier National Park, where 1800 metre mountains steep into the Caribbean Sea. That was Willie’s first introduction to the cacao tree. The owner changed his mind, but three years later, after returning to London and almost giving up hope, Willie was able buy Hacienda El Tesoro in 1996. He quickly discovered his passion for chocolate and began experimenting with making cacao bars. Ten years later he had carved himself into the land, which is renowned for having some of the finest beans in the world.

Willie and Tania’s first two children, Sophia and William were born in Venezuela.Their third Eve arrived when the family had moved to Devon as Willie sought to set up a chocolate factory. He began collecting original chocolate making machinery from around the world. Willie started producing his first single origin 100% cylinders in the factory in Devon in 2007. They were an instant hit and a year later Willie added to them with his first single origin chocolate bars.

Willie is the only small cacao grower and producer in the UK. He was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory, in 2008 which was followed by a second series; Willie’s Chocolate Revolution: Raising the Bar. His book Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2009.”

# Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
# Published: 04 March 2010
# Format: Paperback 226 pages
# See: Full bibliographic data
# Categories: Cooking With Chocolate
# ISBN 13: 9780340980408 ISBN 10: 0340980400

Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas

by admin | December 15th, 2008 

A Christmas Special has been announced on Wednesday December 17, 9pm, Channel 4

Eccentric chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze hits our screens with a Christmas special, packed with chocolaty goodness

Having successfully set up their ‘wonky’ chocolate factory in Devon, Willie, Tania and their three children return for a festive foodie extravaganza. The show celebrates the perfect family Christmas from the family’s Devon home.

Willie will be taking care of the menu for the holiday season, preparing a series of mouth watering chocolate-themed recipes, both sweet and savoury.
On the (chocolate) menu

Expect boozy chocolate mince pies, a classic chocolate tart and an entire lamb cooked rather adventurously underground. He also demonstrates some perfect party treats for entertaining friends including a quince chocolate cheese and a chocolate and clementine cheesecake.

He’ll be suggesting a rather unusual stuffing for the turkey on the big day, made from chestnuts, pancetta and of course Willie’s favourite ingredient: chocolate.
And Willie’s wife….

While Willie’s busy in the kitchen, Tania will transform their Devon home into a winter wonderland, handcrafting everything from wreaths to Christmas tree decorations and advent calendars. Plus, there’s a chance for viewers to catch up on Willie’s progress as he continues his dream to produce the UK’s finest chocolate and to convert viewers to eating better quality confectionery.

Watch Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas, Wednesday December 17, 9pm, Channel 4

Can I take this opportunity to Wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year from the team at venezuelan-black.co.uk

Shop Now Open

by admin | August 31st, 2008 

Due to the Re Run of the series on Living-TV and high demand , the shop is now back open!

Enjoy!

Quotes

  • Cooking with chocolate is not necessarily new. They use it in Mexico and the Aztec countries but it's not a very common ingredient in this country.

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