Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Older Chocolate Guide Checks Today's Players
Today I want to talk about The Chocolate Companion, a Simon and Schuster book from 1995, by Chantal Coady, I think, the author attributions were strange on this book and not easy to determine. The book has two main sections: The Story of Chocolate and The Chocolate Directory. Let's look at each of these sections briefly.
The Story of Chocolate includes good discussion of the history of chocolate, definitions of chocolate, types of chocolate, and trends in chocolate in 1995. I note that many of those trends -- organic, fine versus mass market chocolates, and types of popular fillings -- are still a part of the chocolate world discussion that I see among creators, sellers, and reviewers today.
What I found most interesting about this was checking to see how many of the brands mentioned are still around today, 21 years later and how many we've looked at here on The Chocolate Cult. We have written about Richard Donnelly Fine Chocolates, Moonstruck Chocolatier which now can be found in grocery stories, Charbonnel et Walker, and Lindt and Sprungli. Some of the brands which are still around have expanded, moving from one of the categories from this older book into another, some have also expanded what they offer to include other items, and some have become international in their reach not only in where they'll ship chocolate but where their stores and kitchens are located. Some have gone out of business for various reasons. Always makes me sad to learn that chocolate isn't selling well if it is good chocolate and this book only has good chocolate.
This book was updated in 2006, I have that one as well, so if you'd like to check out a later edition, click below.