Chocolate News

Utah State University Opens USU’s Aggie Chocolate Factory

Cache Valley Daily   The long awaited USU Aggie Chocolate Factory has its grand opening! Although the factory will serve many purposes, first and foremost will be a laboratory in the food science program. This is the only university that has a bean-to-bar processing facility that can be used for teaching and research. The chocolate factory will introduce Aggies to high cacao content chocolate bars, as well as dark, frozen hot chocolate and pastries at the factory’s cafe.

Giant Chocolate Waterfall Comes to Union Square in NYC

The New York Times


An Italian sweets shop claiming to have the “largest chocolate waterfall in North America” recently opened. Venchi, an Italian chocolate store has a 45-foot long, 10-foot high, chocolate waterfall within the store. Other than gourmet chocolates, Venchi also sells gelato, crepes, and coffee.

So What is “Ruby Chocolate”?



Pink isn’t a color that comes to mind when we think of chocolate. But a new, smoky rose-colored variety called “ruby chocolate” made its U.S. debut in Dallas, this summer, selling a ruby chocolate line from Prestat, the London chocolatier favored by Britain’s royal family. As described in THE DAILY MEAL, Chicago-based Vosges haut-Chocolat will start shipping orders this month. Also check out DAME CACAO for what ruby chocolate is and where to buy it.

Hershey Fights Higher Costs by Charging More for Chocolate


Chocolate maker Hershey says price increases, ‘hot cocoa’ Kisses and a thinner Reese’s peanut butter cup will help boost sales next year.

Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.

As archaeologists have generally understood it, chocolate goes back to the Aztec and Mayan people, who first domesticated cacao in what’s now Central America about 3,900 years ago. But new research suggests it’s older than that — about 1,500 years older. And it didn’t originate in Central America, either.