THe Chocolate Notebook


Cacao and chocolate captivates so many of us in the industry because you'll never stop learning. Although it has millennia of history, some of its research is just getting underway. In the last ten years there have been exciting breakthroughs rewriting history, expounding our understanding of its origins, and introducing us to more varieties imagined. Have a look at our history page to see more datapoints throughout the timeline of the 'food of the gods'. 


So whether you're just cracking open the pod of cacao knowledge or you're well on in your career, here are some sites, books, and industry movers and shakers that we've found helpful or inspiring along our chocolate journeys. We even have started to see a rise in chocolate education for children -- which is a very exciting development. 

What we read, Listen, and watch 

Organizations in Cacao & Chocolate


Cocoa of Excellence 

International Cocoa Initiative ICI

Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute 

Nonprofit organization devoted to research and education on fine cacao and chocolate. 

FCIA - Fine Chocolate Industry Association

HCP - Heirloom Cacao Preservation

ICCO - International Cocoa Organization

IFCIC International Fine Cacao Innovation Centre


Podcasts and Series: 

Chocolate On The Road by Max Gandy

Craft Chocolate TV by Manoa Chocolate 

FCCI Conversation Series
The Slow Melt by Simran Sethi

Unwrapped by Sunita de Tourreil & Brian Beyke

Well Tempered Media #NibsOfWisdom

Well Tempered Podcast by Lauren Heineck


Blogs, Chocolate Reviews, and Vlogs: 

37 Chocolates 

Bean to Bar World App

Chocolate Class 

Chocolate Encounters

Chocolate Garage 

Chocolate Journalist

Chocolate Noise 

Chocolate Pulse

Chocolate Uplift

Dame Cacao

Dark Matters Chocolate Reviews

Eating the Chocolate Alphabet

Finding Fine Chocolate 


the C-Spot

Viva el Cacao (en español) 


Other Chocolate Accessories 

Canadian Chocoholic jewelry 

Taste with Colour® tasting sheets

Projet Chocolat


Training Programs

Ecole Chocolat

International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting

The Next Batch 


Dedicated Chocolate Websites

Bar and Cocoa (USA)

Bean Bar You (Australia) 

Club del Chocolate (Spain) 

Cocoa Runners (UK)


Some of our favorite books

Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution by Megan Giller 

Bitter Chocolate by Carol Off

Bread, Wine, Chocolate by Simran Sethi 

Cocoa by Dr. Kristy Leissle 

Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Light & Dark by Mort Rosenblum

Chocolate As Medicine by Jeffrey Hurst & Philip K Wilson

Chocolate Cocoa & Confectionery by Bernand Minifie

Chocolate, Empire & Women by Emma Robertson

Chocolate in Mesoamerica; edited by Cameron L. Mcneil 

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion by Sandra Boynton

Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa by Catherine Higgs

Chocolate Nations by Orla Ryan

Chocolate Science & Technology by Emmanuel Afoakwa 

The Chocolate Tree by Allen Young 

Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury

Deep Tasting by RM Peluso

Historia del Chocolate by Nikita Harwich

Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more by Todd Masonis/Greg D'Alesandre/Molly Gore/Lisa Vega

The New Taste of Chocolate; Revised by Maricel E. Presilla

Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasure by Marcy Norton

Raising the Bar by Jim Eber & Pam Williams

The Science of Chocolate by Stephen Beckett

The True History of Chocolate by Jim Eber & Pam Williams 


Children’s Books 

Cacao to Chocolate by Nicole Hewat 

Grandpa Cacao by Elizabeth Zunon

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree by Birgitte Rasine